Garner police are investigating a shooting Wednesday evening that left a man with a lengthy list of drug-dealing convictions in critical condition. The shooting happened right across the street from the police station.
The victim, Kyevon Daites Frazzell Gayles, 35, of Garner, was transported to WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh after being shot once around 7:30 p.m., according to Garner police spokesman Chris Clayton. The shooting took place in front of Building 16 at the Westchester Apartments. The primary police station and Town Hall are located directly across Seventh Avenue from the complex.
Police seek a six-foot-tall black male with an average build and dark complexion seen leaving the area immediately after the shooting. He wore a white ball cap with a black brim, white T-shirt, black shorts and goatee, according to police. Like Gayles, the shooter is thought to be in his 30s.
The suspect was seen getting into a white newer-model four-door Nissan near the apartments. Clayton said police believe the model was 2008 or newer.
It remains unknown whether the shooter knew Gayles. Clayton said police have not been able to interview Gayles as of Thursday afternoon. Police have interviewed witnesses, but Clayton did not say whether anyone directly witnessed the shooting.
Gayles has a slew of drug convictions on his record from Onslow County from 1999-2006. The most recent landed him in prison until 2011. His initial release date had been 2021, according to state Department of Corrections records.
Clayton confirmed Gayles’ record, and said he had an address in Forrest Hills Apartments, which are adjacent to Westchester Apartments.
Anyone with information on the shooting has been asked to contact Garner Police at 919-772-8810.