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Alleged strip mall shooter sees court date

Posted June 9
Updated June 10

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— One of the two men who engaged in a shootout Friday in a Durham strip mall parking lot faces his first court appearance Monday.

Jacinto Barr, 33, who was wounded in the encounter, is slated for a first court appearance Monday afternoon, after having spent part of the weekend in the hospital. Barr is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute heroin, according to the Durham County Sheriff's Department.

Law enforcement officers tracked Freddy Cheek, also 33, to a laundromat after the shooting and took him into custody. But Durham authorities said Monday that Cheek was not in custody and a court appearance had not been set for him.

Witnesses said the two men squared off across the parking lot and fired at least 19 shots at each other, blowing out windows of four businesses and damaging parked cars.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

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  • Earth Brooks Jun 9, 1:58 p.m.

    19 shots fired and both still alive? This is why the "good guys" need to keep their rights to... View More

    — Posted by meganagram

    Do most responsible gun owners train by shooting at a man printed on a piece of paper in a controlled environment , or do they train in a parking lot with someone else shooting at them? Big difference. And how do you know none of the people shooting at the range are criminals? Some people are just lousy shots, and that applies to the good guys and the bad guys.

  • meganagram Jun 9, 1:34 p.m.

    19 shots fired and both still alive? This is why the "good guys" need to keep their rights to have guns. Most responsible gun owners train, and practice on how to shoot effectively. While criminals just shoot without aiming, obviously. They would rather look cool firing a weapon, than use how to properly use it. Therefore, the advantage goes to the "good guys."