Young man killed in Raleigh shooting; man charged with murder

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A man found shot in a Raleigh home Sunday morning died at the hospital, Raleigh police said.

According to authorities, police responded to call at 3536 Singleleaf Lane shortly before 1 a.m. Upon arrival, officers located 20-year-old Kouren-Rodney Bernard Thomas suffering from a gunshot wound. Thomas was transported to WakeMed and was pronounced dead.

Police said the incident happened when a suspect who was inside his garage fired a shotgun from the inside the garage striking the victim, who was outside the garage.

After completing their initial investigation the incident, Raleigh Police Department detectives obtained an arrest warrant charging Chad Cameron Copley, 38, with murder. He has been transported to the Wake County Detention Center.

Several 911 calls were released on Sunday afternoon, including one from a man who said he fired a shot and that someone was shot.

During the 911 call, the caller said that several people were outside his home and had guns.

“We have a house.. we have a lot of people outside of our house yelling and shouting obscenities.. I yelled at them ‘please leave the premises.’ They were showing firearms so I fired a warning shot and we got someone that got hit,” the 911 caller said.

“I don’t know if they are shot, I fired my warning shot like I am supposed to by law. They do have firearms and I am trying to protect myself and family,” the 911 caller said. “I don’t know who they are…There is a park right down the road.”

“Please send PD! …(inaudible) males outside my (inaudible) house with firearms.. Please send PD!” the 911 caller said and the call then ended.

Anyone with information that might assist the investigation of the incident is asked to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP or visit for text and email reporting options. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.

*This article was contributed by WNCN.

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