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19-year-old shot when gunmen fired on home. Victim was previously convicted for his role in a shooting at Wake Forest.
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19-year-old shot when gunmen fired on home. Victim was previously convicted for his role in a shooting at Wake Forest.

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A Winston-Salem man shot and wounded Tuesday by two other men who apparently fired dozens of shots at a home.

Malik Patience Smith, 19, was on his porch in the 1700 block of Richard Allen Lane when two men left a nearby parked vehicle, Winston-Salem police said. The suspects then ran toward Smith’s home, firing multiple rounds, police said.

Smith was convicted last year on charges connected to the fatal shooting of Winston-Salem State University student Najee Baker on Wake Forest University’s campus. The shooting happened on Jan. 20, 2018.

In Tuesday night's shooting, which occurred around 7 p.m., the gunmen returned to their vehicle and left the area before officers arrived, police said.

When investigators arrived on the scene, they found Smith inside the home with a gunshot wound to his knee, police said. Smith was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

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Several bullets also struck a vehicle parked in the front of the home and the home as well, police said. Officers found 34 shell casings in the road, and those shell casings were fired from a handgun and rifle, police said.

“At this time, it is unknown why the victim and resident (were) targeted,” police said in a statement.

In the 2018 shooting, Smith pleaded guilty to three charges – possession of a firearm on educational property, assault by pointing a gun and possession of a handgun by a minor. At the time of the shooting, Smith was 16.

Forsyth County prosecutors allege that Smith pointed a gun at another WSSU student who was with Baker while Jakier Shanique Austin, 24, shot Baker. Austin pleaded guilty in June 2020 to voluntary manslaughter. He is serving a maximum of seven years and five months in prison.

Smith was sentenced to a minimum of two years in prison but was released almost immediately because he got for time served, which included nearly two years in the Forsyth County Jail awaiting trial.

Winston-Salem police are asking for the public’s help in investigating the Tuesday shooting on Richard Allen Lane.

Anyone with information is asked to call Winston-Salem police at 336-773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800. Crime Stoppers of Winston-Salem Forsyth County also is on Facebook.

336-727-7299

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