Shooting At High-Stakes Poker Game Leaves One DeadJuly 27, 2011 10:40 am
An attempted robbery of a high-stakes poker home game ended in a gun fight in which both the intruders were shot, one fatally.
Apparently, former Duke University and Atlanta Braves baseball player Gregg Maluchnik would hold regular poker gatherings in his home at 4809 Sweetbriar Drive, Raleigh, North Carolina.
However, on Monday night two masked, armed men burst into his house in an attempt to rob the gathered poker players but instead encountered fierce resistance from their would be victims.
In the struggle which ensued both the two robbers were shot, allegedly one with his own gun, with police later finding Brandon Dwain Shelton, 28, dead inside the house, and Brian Matthew Onley, 23, lying on the outside lawn with a gunshot wound to his arm.
Shelton (pictured left) is known to have previously served time in prison and his past convictions include assault with serious bodily injury, robbery, larceny and possession of stolen goods.
Onley (pictured right) was on probation for assault inflicting serious bodily injury, and his rap sheet is expected to lengthen considerably after he is released from WakeMed hospital.
In the meantime, Gregg Maluchnik, 34, has been charged with gambling while witnesses are still being interviewing about the incident.
There had never been any reports of disturbances coming from Gregg Maluchnik’s house in the past, with those of his neighbours in the know commenting that the poker games were usually quiet affairs. However, neighbour Jim Durnin explained:
“I have seen a number of cars, like something was going on…I thought it was an occasional Tupperware party,” while neighbour Freundlich commented following the shooting:
“I was hoping it was fireworks. I just always tell my kids that this is a safe neighborhood. It’s really unsettling that it would happen right here.