Raleigh police: Man shot while attempting to rob alleged marijuana dealer

Investigators think a 24-year-old man was shot dead last month when he attempted to rob someone who was supposed to sell him marijuana.

Investigators also think they have recovered the handgun used to shoot Marcus Trevon Howard near the intersection of Paint Rock and Pine Barren lanes on Nov. 23, according to search warrants made public Monday at the Wake County Clerk of Courts Office.

The shooting happened about 8:30 p.m. A man who was with Howard called 911 and reported that they were walking away from a McDonald’s restaurant when gunshots rang out.

But according to several search warrants, Howard and the friend, Jamar Brown, had walked to the 6700 block of Paint Rock Lane “to buy a quantity of marijuana,” according to the search warrants.

Raleigh police Det. E.B. Snowden stated in the search warrant applications that two men, including Jamar Marcell Carraway, 28, arrived at “the meet location” in a white 2015 Lexus. The warrants did not indicate who was targeted for robbery, but they say Howard was running away from the Lexus when gunshots were fired in his direction.

Howard was struck once in the lower backside and continued to run before collapsing. He said to his friend, “Oh, I’m hit,” before falling to the ground, according to a copy of a 911 call placed by Howard’s friend, who said he thought Howard was joking until he saw he had been wounded. Howard, who lived a few blocks away, died overnight at WakeMed, police reported.

Witnesses told police they saw the white Lexus speeding away after the gunshots were heard.

One day after the shooting, investigators concluded that Carraway of 10651-304 Lanier Club Drive in Raleigh was the person who fired the shots. Police also learned that Carraway owns a white Lexus that matched the car that fled the shooting and that the handgun used in the shooting had been taken to an apartment in Garner. Investigators found a Ruger .40 caliber pistol on the floor of the Garner apartment, according to the search warrant.

On Nov. 25, police obtained warrants charging Carraway with murder. He was arrested two days later.

In addition to the pistol, investigators used the search warrants to obtain a DNA sample from Carraway. They also searched his apartment and seized mail, a gray trench coat, three .40 caliber bullets and one spent casing and round to compare with evidence collected from the crime scene. Investigators also found two ammunition magazines, a sidearm holster, a digital scale, a Mason jar with marijuana and two marijuana grinders, according to the warrants.

Thomasi McDonald: 919-829-4533, @tmcdona75589225