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Man charged in Durham shooting death

Posted January 14, 2014

— 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.


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  • lancelotsir44 Jan 17, 2014

    It use to bother me when people would make fun of durham because of incidents of violence. It doesn't anymore because I know what a wonderful city Durham is. I have lived here for 25 years and have raised four children. The bottom line is if they don't like Durham, so what! By the way, I use to lived in Chicago and believe me when I say that Durham is no Chicago!

  • ETG Jan 14, 2014


  • seenbetterdaze Jan 14, 2014

    Surely the Won will cruise through Durham to wave at his Voters.

  • 426X3 Jan 14, 2014

    Another shooting/killing in Durham. And this is news?

  • mafiamic Jan 14, 2014

    "Why isn't that a big concern for anyone of rising crime reports in other counties instead of a chance to bash Durham as usual? "

    Because the ones who bash are jealous for they are not like the multi millionaires who live by southpointe and south of there by old chatham and that area.
    They are also probably the ones who drive in fear going to work at RTP,beings none are actual employees and are all contract workers living in the corner pretending they are elite people.

  • Prayer starts with P Jan 14, 2014

    "Why isn't that a big concern for anyone of rising crime reports in other counties instead of a chance to bash Durham as usual? "

    I think we all know why the Durham bashers savor every new death coming out of the Bull City: race.

    It gives the racists a chance to take a slightly veiled swipe at the African American community in Durham. Wink, wink, plausible deniability of course, but we all know what's at the root of the bashing.

    i'm white btw

  • mike275132 Jan 14, 2014

    "RGMTROCKS JAN 14, 2:58 P.M.
    I love all you Durham bashers. You give me more reasons to stay in Durham "

    Stay Safe there in Durham,
    make sure you have your Kevlar on and your Life Insurance is paid up !

    Just like in Chicago........

  • tbg0519 Jan 14, 2014

    View quoted thread

    Durham is the only county in the state that requires handgun registration

  • jmc3 Jan 14, 2014

    Don't worry fellow fans of equal treatment for Durham, with Obama coming tomorrow all the news coverage will of course be on Raleigh so we might fall out of the headlines for a short time. Do you think the Presidential motorcade will drive through southeast Raleigh on the way to NCSU? Everyone be safe out there and have a nice day!

  • Phyxius1 Jan 14, 2014

    View quoted thread

    I'm pretty sure hes heading into the Raleigh firing zone lately this trip and not through Durham. NC State area has seen its share of violent crime lately too.