Sunday morning shooting

Update 9:10p - Nothing mew to report in nearly 10hrs.  Do the Greensboro police completely underestimate the power of information in the hands of citizens?  I think they do.

Update 12:01p – A friend who works in the ER at Moses Cone Hospital just called and said Mike is dead.  He suffered two gunshots: one in the arm and another in the head.  The friend surmised that the assailant was apparently using hollow point bullets because the head shot killed Mike instantly.  N&R confirms and provides other details including Mike’s given name: Muhammad “Mike” Ali.

Update: 12:25p – The police are saying there are two suspects.  Both are “clean shaven black males” 25 – 30 years old.  One was seen wearing a grey shirt and ‘hoodie’, the other was wearing an Oakland Raiders jacket all black clothing.  They are still at large.


Red Mike Grocery in Fisher Park is the scene of some disturbing police activity this morning.

A couple of Fisher Park neighbors report they heard “four or five shots” around 9:20a today.  The police were quickly on the scene just as parishioners were arriving for service at First Presbyterian Church across the street from the convenience store next to Fisher’s Bar (map).  The police are urging everyone to stay in their houses until further notice.

Mike, one of the owners of Red Mike Grocery at Elm St. and Fisher Avenue, was taken away on a stretcher.  One of the neighbors who saw Mike being wheeled out said he looked to be shot up pretty bad.

My family shops at Red Mike several times a week and know Mike and his partner Red to be nice guys.  We are hoping for the best.

The neighborhoods of Aycock and Fisher Park are on high alert as police and their dogs are searching for the shooter.  The two neighborhoods’ listservs are linked and quite active.

A Fox 8 news truck pulled up as I was leaving the scene around 10:30.

The location of the shooting is just blocks from the murder scene that rocked both neighborhoods nearly two months ago.  Our police department has not given any indication if they are still pursuing that case or anything else about it.  Hopefully they will keep the public better informed on this incident and their investigative progress.

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  1. Jennie
    Posted November 9, 2008 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    So what’s the story now? I haven’t gotten an email since about 1. Are we still supposed to be inside with the doors locked? I was hoping to get an “all clear” or something as the day wore on.

  2. dhoggard
    Posted November 9, 2008 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    Agreed, Jennie.

    For all of the effort taken to alert and alarm us, you’d think the police could at least contact the neighborhoods to give an update.

    They have access to the listservs just like everyone else.

  3. Bert
    Posted November 9, 2008 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    Just heard that the 2 guys dumped all their identified clothing on Magnolia Ct. shortly after the crime. Highly unusual to have such a violent crime committed in daylight by perps who are on foot.

    The report about Fifth being blocked really got in my craw, esp when my wife went to church and everyone acted like this happened on my street and not right beside my church in Fisher Park. I don’t appreciate that kind of false report, and when I went to check out my FP business the entire neighborhood was out (and Aycock was on lock own!). The listservs cut both ways, I guess.

  4. dhoggard
    Posted November 9, 2008 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    They do indeed, Bert.

    The police could and should have done a much better job in disseminating information. We, the neighborhoods, have no problem with this basic task, but the GDP seems inept in the info spreading department.

    Their job description is ostensibly to both protect and serve. I’ve been unimpressed on both counts today.

  5. David Wharton
    Posted November 10, 2008 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    Bert, yeah — that note on the listserv “part of the Aycock neighborhood is roped off!” — was absurd. Somebody apparently saw some yellow tape on the saplings that were planted yesterday by the NeighborWoods volunteers.

    My impression of GSO’s police dept. professionalism has declined seriously in the last year. I called them because a drunk was shouting and trying to get into my back yard a while back. He was gone by the time they arrived, but they declined even to look for him, then stood around in the street in front of my house for half an hour joking around. Not impressed.

  6. ben Holder
    Posted November 10, 2008 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Calm down, folks. I just heard Mitch is stepping up and taking over this investigation. I hear he is going to hire back Wallace to assist him.

  7. Posted November 10, 2008 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    David, in case you didn’t know it I’m a detective wanna be.
    Here’s a thought.
    Most small store owners would take their cash home from Saturday.
    At around 9:00 on a Sunday morning who would expect there to be much cash accumulated?
    Something doesn’t smell right with this one if it’s being described as a robbery.

  8. dhoggard
    Posted November 11, 2008 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Police reports and recent rumors bolster your “non-robbery” theory, Tony.

    The police have not confirmed that a robbery occurred as the N&R reported this morning. In addition, there was talk on the street yesterday of a possible domestic angle having to do with a spurned suitor.

    But we all know that nature, and neighbors, abhor a vacuum…especially an information vacuum.

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