RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A 16-year-old was arrested and charged with murder Wednesday after another teen died in a shooting in downtown Raleigh following Fourth of July fireworks, according to Raleigh police.
Raheem Khary Lawrence McAllister, 18, died of injuries suffered in the Tuesday night shooting, police confirmed. A total of four people were shot Tuesday night, according to authorities. The other three shooting victims were treated and released from the hospital.
Wednesday night, police announced they arrested Kenneth Edward Watts, 16, of Raleigh and charged him with murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and assault with a deadly weapon.
Meanwhile, McAllister’s family has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover his funeral expenses. It is available here.
First responders were called to the area of South Wilmington and East South streets around 10:45 p.m. The location of the shooting was by the McDonald’s close to City Center.
Among the victims who survived the shooting was 13-year-old Jada Cobb, whose elbow was grazed by a bullet.
She and some friends had gone to McDonald’s for food after watching the fireworks downtown.
They were across the street from the restaurant when they heard a gunshot. Cobb said she initially thought it was a firework, but she realized it was a gunshot when she heard a second shot.
“We heard another one, and that’s when we just started running, because we didn’t know what else to do,” she said. “We were scared.”
She added, “As I was running, I just saw blood. I didn’t feel anything, I just saw blood everywhere. I started screaming, I was like, ‘I got shot. I got shot.”
She said the event was terrifying.
“I was just scared. I kept screaming. I kept yelling. Maybe it was the end of my life,” she said.
Watts is being held in the Wake County Detention Center under no bond. He’s expected to make his first court appearance Thursday.