Raleigh police looking for suspect in teen's shooting death
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RALEIGH -- Police spent Thursday canvassing the Raleigh neighborhood where a 16-year-old was shot and Wednesday afternoon. They're trying to figure out who's responsible for the death of Fernando Garibay-Benitez.
At this point, it's unclear if the shooting was gang-related. Authorities said the teen did not live at the Lexington on the Green Apartment complex, where he was killed, but in a home about two miles away.
"It just hurt me to my heart, I just wanted to cry, " said Tammie Edwards, who heard the gun shots from inside her apartment at Wednesday afternoon at around 4:45. "Seconds later I saw a guy running past my window really fast like he was trying to get away from something."
As police search for the suspect, they're asking neighbors in the apartments if they saw a silver or gray mini-van driving through the apartment when the shooting happened.
Investigators said a vehicle that may have been involved in the shooting was driving recklessly near the scene.
The fact no arrest has been leaves edwards and other neighbors on edge.
"They could still be around here and could hurt somebody. I usually sleep with my door unlocked but i'm not going to do it anymore," said Edwards.
Garibay-Benitez would have been starting school later this month as a sophomore. He attended Milbrook High for part of last year.
"All my friends are 16, around 15 and its just a really young age to get hurt," said Faysal Merhi, a Millbook High student.
Police left flyers on neighbors homes and doors urging people to come forward with information.