22-year-old killed in shooting in front of southeast Raleigh community center

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A 22-year-old was killed in a shooting in front of a southeast Raleigh community center Monday afternoon, police said.

In the middle of a Monday afternoon, police cars filled Cooper Road. Crime tape blocked the street between Worthdale Park and the community center.

“My sister texted me. She said something’s happening,” recalled Sharon Johnson who lives across from the park. She wasn’t home, but her sister, who runs a home day care was. “Then my mom texted me from the school she works at, Bugg Elementary,” Johnson explained. “She texted and told me the school was on a code yellow.”

Officers found one shooting victim at the scene.

Police say Quadir Ford, 22, was shot just after 12:30 in the afternoon.  He was rushed to the hospital, but didn’t survive. “When you’ve got someone so young that has lost their life that really bothers me,” said Johnson.

She is saddened by what happened but says it won’t stop her from sending her nephew to camp at the community center. She is thankful for her sister and the children she cares for were inside when the shooting happened. “When the weather permits sometime she’ll walk the kids to the park,” she told CBS 17.  

Although she didn’t know the young man who died, Johnson is thinking of him and the people who loved him. “I’m just praying for his family,” she said.  “I know it’s hard anytime you lose someone.”

Police have not said what led up to the shooting or whether they have a suspect, but they do say the community is not in danger.  

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