RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The Cary man charged with opening fire Tuesday outside the Wake County Public Safety Center in Raleigh appeared before a judge Wednesday where he received a $2 million bond.
Willie Lee Hayes Jr., 49, was arrested after deputies said he drove in front of the center on S. Salisbury in Raleigh and started shooting around 3 p.m. Tuesday.
He was then arrested at a home near the intersection of Maynard and Kildaire Farm roads in Cary a short time later.
Hayes is charged with firing into an occupied building, attempted murder of a deputy, and kidnapping.
Raleigh police said he kidnapped a woman he knows and had her drive while he fired the gun.
Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker said the motive behind the shooting is currently unknown.
“Maybe it’ll be revealed one day, but that’s something we haven’t been able to determine through investigation,” Baker said.
Hayes appeared via video conference before Wake County Judge Ned Mangrum early Wednesday.
A prosecutor said Hayes has seven prior failure to appear charges which qualifies him as a habitual felon.
The prosecutor also listed prior offenses which include domestic and drug charges.
During Hayes’ appearance, a man who had been in the courtroom all morning jumped up and pointed at the screen saying, “I’m gonna kill that dude!”
He was escorted out of the courtroom.
Mangrum said Hayes would be assigned a public defender and that he would be held under a $2,050,000 bond.
Hayes next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 28.
Baker said several people were both inside and out in front of the building at the time of the incident.
“I’m just grateful to be able to stand here today and know no one was hurt,” Baker said. “We can’t humanly understand how someone didn’t get hurt.”
Witnesses told CBS 17 they heard anywhere from three to 10 gunshots. The bullets shattered glass.
Flying debris injured one deputy, causing minor cuts, according to the sheriff’s office.
According to court records, Hayes has been arrested more than a dozen times for charges ranging from assault to firing a weapon into a vehicle. Now he faces several more.
“No one who is that dangerous needs to be on the streets in any county, any city, any state, any town,” Baker said.
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