Drug charge follows downtown Raleigh shooting of 2 men

Gabriel Cortez Peele
Gabriel Cortez Peele

One of two men injured in a Wednesday night shooting in downtown Raleigh was charged with cocaine possession after his release from a hospital.

Gabriel Cortez Peele, 25, was charged with possession with intent to sell a Schedule II drug and with doing that within 1,000 feet of Ligon Middle School.

A second man was taken to WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh so he could be treated for a gunshot wound that police said did not appear to be life threatening.

Dispatchers sent police to the area of South Swain and East Lenoir streets about 9:20 p.m. to investigate gunshots heard there. They found the wounded man, spokeswoman Laura Hourigan said.

Police then got a call that a man who had been grazed by a bullet was at WakeMed, brought there by a private vehicle. That turned out to be Peele, and police said he had 7 grams of crack cocaine.

Hourigan said the reason for the gunshots was still under investigation Thursday.

Police who obtained an arrest warrant listed Peele’s address as 718 South St., in Raleigh, but he gave booking officers at the jail an address in Washington, N.C.