Man charged in Durham shooting death
Posted January 14, 2014
Durham, N.C. — Police said Tuesday evening that they were no longer searching for two men in connection with a morning shooting death near the Lincoln Community Health Center in Durham.
Officers received a report of a disturbance with a weapon shortly before 10 a.m. When they arrived at the 600 block of Linwood Avenue, they found Antonio M. Dixon had been shot.
Dixon, 33, of Durham, was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died.
Police arrested Richard Lee Johnson, 36, of Durham, after the shooting and charged him with murder. Two other men were seen running toward Fayetteville Street after the shooting, but investigators said they later determined that the two weren't involved in the case.
Dixon and Johnson knew each other, police said, and the shooting wasn't random.
Lincoln Community Health Center, which serves low-income individuals and families, was locked down for a while so police could search the area. An access road to nearby Pearson Middle School, at 3501 Fayetteville St., also was temporarily blocked, but the school remained open.
"I thought about canceling the appointment, but I thought it may be a long time before I would be able to come back," said Veronica Truesdale, who arrived at the health center for a follow-up appointment as the lockdown was lifted. "Why do people out in the rain act crazy?"
Denise Dickinson, another health center client, said she was more upset than anxious over the shooting.
"I feel saddened for the person that lost their life, and I feel saddened for the person who did it," Dickinson said.