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Durham restaurant owner killed

Posted December 7, 2012

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— The owner of a Durham restaurant was found shot to death in the eatery's parking lot late Thursday, police said.

Officers responding to a reported shooting at 2016 Guess Road shortly after 10 p.m. found the body of Mohammed Arfan Sundal, 51, behind his Kabab & Curry House restaurant, police said.

“He’s lying down close to his car," a frantic woman told a dispatcher in a 911 call. "He said he came for a delivery, and he disappeared. I was waiting for him and just right now realized he’s lying down close to his car.”

Police obscured the portion of the call where the woman identified her relationship to Sundal, so it's unclear whether she was a relative or an employee.

The woman was so distraught that a clerk at a nearby convenience store, where she made the call, had to give the dispatcher the address to send police and paramedics.

Investigators didn't disclose a possible motive for the shooting, and they said they have no suspect or vehicle descriptions. Officers were canvassing the area Friday to generate leads in the case.

People who knew Sundal said he lived in Cary with his wife, two daughters and son.

Although the interior lights were on and a neon "Open" sign was lit in the front window, Kabab & Curry House remained closed Friday. A sign in the window said the restaurant closed at 9 p.m. Thursday – about an hour before Sundal was found dead.

Owners of neighboring businesses said the parking lot behind the restaurant is very dark at night because lights atop a nearby pole have been out and the lighting at the back doors of their businesses is dim.

Back lot of Kabab & Curry restaurant in Durham Neighbors say Durham restaurant's back lot very dark

Elvira Rodriguez, who works at a salon three doors down from the restaurant, said she’s been worried because of a recent string of robberies. Sundal's death has elevated that worry to fear, a feeling shared by Karen Rodriguez Ayala, her 12-year-old niece.

"I come here a lot, and sometimes I come here at night to pick up my aunt," Karen said.

Chris Hester, who lives near the restaurant, said he stays home most nights to lessen the chance of being a crime victim.

"I don't get out on the street traveling around. If I do, I know exactly where I'm going, and I'm not going to be in a dark area to start with," Hester said.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call police at 919-560-4440, extension 29337, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

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  • Lightfoot3 Dec 10, 12:28 p.m.

    "surely a better solution would be for neither party to have a gun?" - Grand Union


    NO, that's not "surely a better solution". Sometimes the BEST solution is for the victim to have a gun, whether or not their attacker(s) have them.


    "the odds of them being able to use a gun to help protect themselves vanishingly small." - Grand Union


    Yet I've given you example after example after example of people doing just that, and protecting others too.

  • Dnut Dec 10, 12:22 p.m.

    @Grand Union, you are factually wrong. The majority of guns obtained for criminal use, is through illegal sales, stolen weapons are a part, but the primary is illegal sales. Check the DOJ, website.

  • Dnut Dec 10, 12:17 p.m.

    @seankelly15,obviously you've never been in combat.

  • Not_Time_Yet Dec 7, 6:44 p.m.

    Sad, very sad. We have eaten several times at this restaruant and found it to be quite nice. I can only think if the manager had parked in front, with all the lighting then perhaps he would still be alive today. Realistically, I would never park behind some strip mall even if the lighting was good. Be aware, be very aware of your surroundings.

  • NCHighlander Dec 7, 6:18 p.m.

    "It's dispiriting to see everyone flogging talking points."

    Without talking about these issues how is change for the better ever going to happen? Would silence have ended slavery and Jim Crow? Would silence have ended DADT? US guns laws are killing about 8000 Americans every year. Grand Union

    Banning has never worked and never will. Whether that be alcohol, drugs, or guns. The process of banning something makes that a desirable item and trust me people will supply that which is desired and especially that which the government has made hard to get.

  • The Anti Hans Dec 7, 6:13 p.m.

    The 9/11 murderers did it with box cutters. What should we do; ban all box cutters?

  • Nauti-dog Dec 7, 6:07 p.m.

    Also please explain how Anders Breivik could have murdered ninety two people with knives, bats, bare hands or a car. Actually he did it with those harmless guns the National Rifle Association wants everyone to have.
    piene2

    Timothy Mcveigh killed 168.....no gun. If there is a will there's a way. Guns or not. And you can make them illegal all you want, bad guys don't obey the law. Stop making them, they'll makeshift. Your gun control argument is a moot point. Move on

  • Barfly Dec 7, 6:03 p.m.

    This is the result of a generation of bad apples merely coming of age. Young, ignorant, and entitled. You've been warned.

  • 1911A1 Dec 7, 6:01 p.m.

    Us gun laws aren't killing people . People are !! The lack of personal responsibility is the only true problem .

  • Grand Union Dec 7, 5:50 p.m.

    "It's dispiriting to see everyone flogging talking points."

    Without talking about these issues how is change for the better ever going to happen? Would silence have ended slavery and Jim Crow? Would silence have ended DADT? US guns laws are killing about 8000 Americans every year.

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