Downtown Raleigh July 4th shooting 911 call is released
Police say four people were shot Tuesday night in downtown Raleigh after the Fourth of July fireworks display.
Of the four, Raleigh police police said Raheem Khary Lawrence McAllister, 18, was taken to WakeMed with life-threatening wounds. He later died from his injuries.
Raleigh police said they arrested Kenneth Edward Watts, 16, in connection with the crime, charging him with murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
Three other shooting victims were taken to the hospital and later released, police said in an updated news release Wednesday.
Police responded about 10:45 p.m. to a report of a shooting near the intersection of South Wilmington and East South streets, police said in a statement.
On Wednesday morning, investigators had the McDonald’s restaurant located at the intersection taped off and were searching the scene for evidence.
The intersection is between the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and the Shaw University campus, on the southern end of downtown.
A GoFundMe was set up by McAllister’s sister, Shelby Lawrence, on Wednesday. Lawrence also said on the GoFundMe page that McAllister had been killed in the shooting and the campaign is to raise money for his funeral expenses.
“With a heavy heart, I ask for help. My brother, Raheem Khary Lawrence McAllister, lost his life to gun violence,” McAllister’s sister, Shelby Lawrence wrote on a GoFundMe page. “He leaves behind many loved ones. As you can imagine, our family is grieving right now and the last thing we want to worry about are the finances of a proper burial. Funeral expenses are only the beginning for our family.
“Anyone who knew Raheem, knows he had a smile that could light up an entire room and would help anyone who needed it. Please consider helping our family in our time of need.”
To donate to the GoFundMe campaign, go to www.gofundme.com/funeral-expenses-for-raheem.