Raleigh man charged with fatally shooting man following party in Zebulon

Wake County News

ZEBULON, N.C. (WNCN) — A Raleigh man is behind bars and charged with murder in connection with a death investigation in Zebulon, according to the Wake County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office was dispatched to the 800-block of W. Barbee Street for a shots fired call around 3 a.m. Sunday in Zebulon and once on scene, deputies located a man with multiple gunshot wounds who was dead at the scene.

At that point, authorities began an investigation into the man’s death. Rodney Lucas, 45, of Wendell, has been identified as the victim, according to an arrest warrant.

The sheriff’s office said in a release that Mark Christopher Ray, 45, was arrested by the sheriff’s office on Sunday night in the area of Interstate 540 and Louisburg Road in Raleigh.

“The property is a commercial business site, which contains several trailers and buildings. Investigators learned that one of the buildings was rented to host a private party,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a release. “According to witnesses, shortly after the party ended, some type of altercation occurred, resulting in Ray allegedly shooting the victim.”

He is charged with murder and possession of a firearm by felon.

Ray is currently being held in the Wake County Detention Center without bond. His first scheduled court appearance is Monday afternoon.

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