Durham man charged in downtown Raleigh shooting death

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Police say they have made an arrest after a man was found shot to death in downtown Raleigh Wednesday morning.

Christopher James Locus, 23, of Raleigh was the victim, according to police. The victim and suspect knew each other, police said.

Around 7:15 a.m., a passerby called 911 to report that he had seen a man lying on the ground in the rain near the intersection of South Blount and East Lenoir streets.

The driver said he yelled and waved at the man without getting any response, and the victim seemed to be lying in an awkward position.

Officers who went to investigate found Locus’ body.

On Wednesday evening, police said Charles Douglas Mitchell, 25, of Durham, was charged with murder in connection with Locus’ death. He was also charged with felony possession of a firearm by felon.

Mitchell was taken into custody and has been transported to the Wake County Detention center.

Multiple Shaw University students heard gunshots Tuesday night around 11:30.

“I heard the gunshots and as soon as I heard the gunshots I just ran. I was just thinking about like my life,” said student Anthony Coles.

“Kind of too close to the school I think. Stuff like this shouldn’t be going on,” said fellow student Jordan Stoney.

Investigators walked back and forth between blocked off streets, searching for clues Wednesday afternoon. Shaw students had to navigate a crime scene around their campus.

“I heard gunshots before but I never heard them like that close to me, and just knowing that the action happened that close to me kind of makes me want to watch my back when I’m on campus a little bit,” said Tyree Person, another Shaw University student.

Mitchell is being held without bond. He appeared in court Thursday afternoon.

Anyone with information that might assist the investigation of the incident is asked to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP or visit http://www.raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.

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