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Durham police looking for help in shooting of puppy seller

Posted October 5, 2012

— Durham police are looking for help in identifying a man involved in an August robbery and shooting of a man who was trying to sell puppies.

A spokeswoman for the Durham Police Department said the incident happened Aug. 4 in Wellons Village, at 1000 N. Miami Blvd., where two men were trying to sell puppies. The men gave their phone numbers to several possible buyers and left.

The sellers later received a call from a prospective buyer and went to meet the person at an apartment parking lot at 600 Wittenberg Way. Two other men emerged from the woods, and the group discussed the puppies.

The sellers told police one man produced a gun and demanded money. The armed man shot one of the sellers in the chest after noticing the seller had a firearm. Police said the seller had a legal permit for the weapon.

One of the robbers stole a wallet and two cellphones. The second assailant fled on foot.

Durham police have charged Taijon Lloyd, 22, with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of stolen goods and obtaining property by false pretenses.

Durham police are looking for help in identifying the second man. He is described as a black male in his late 20s to early 30s, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing approximately 200 to 215 pounds. He is described as having light brown skin, a round face, "zigzag" matted cornrows and an overall "dirty" appearance. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Durham police at 919-560-4281 ext. 29121 or Durham Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.


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  • jjsmith1973 Oct 5, 2012

    Incorrect soldier. You can see that in these situations rarely does a gun help period! If not can make it more dangerous for the victim

  • soldier Oct 5, 2012

    Teenie Dad,

    for every one of these type stories you can dig up over the years, I can give you 100 where the gun saved the victim. You don't have to go back very far in WRAL archives to make a long list of people who weren't robbed, raped, beaten, or abducted when they used a firearm to defend themselves or a third person.

  • soldier Oct 5, 2012

    What are you saying Fred?
    If the seller had been unarmed, the robbers wouldn've just changed their mind and walked away?
    I've got a fire extinquisher in my kitchen. I can safely say it won't save my house 100% of the time.

  • mj1angier Oct 5, 2012

    "His concealed legal handgun totally saved the day right guys?!! TeenDad4_WorldTour"

    Can't say that a law forbidding a bad guy from having a gun helped either. Outlaw guns and only the outlaws will have them.

  • I know some stuff Oct 5, 2012

    IF it was concealed, then he likely wouldn't have been shot, but the story suggests the shooting occured because the perp SAW the gun! Concealed.....not well enough. Certainly wasn't a deterent.

  • JDAmbrosio Oct 5, 2012

    Puppies? Really? I have some swampland you might be interested in...

  • kellypsnll Oct 5, 2012

    Do the police know who the prospected buyer is? The one that called the seller? I was just curious if it was the one the captured or one of the other guys. I wish they would let us know that in the article.

  • norainonmyparade Oct 5, 2012

    His concealed legal handgun totally saved the day right guys?!!

    You can't always draw it faster than the criminals since there are limitations to how you can legally carry a gun, but I'd rather have it and at least have a chance than not have it. It might not have "saved the day" this time, but there are instances when having a legally concealed handgun have prevented death or injury to people. Just because it did not this one time does not prove that it doesn't ever.

  • halfpint1552 Oct 5, 2012

    Durham police is looking for help

    Now that's proper English!

  • justmy2cntz Oct 5, 2012

    Why do these articles asking for help in a crime always get posted weeks, and in this case months, after the initial incident? Besides, the second person has probably showered by now and can no longer be identified as the "dirty" one. *smh*