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Man charged in Durham shooting death

Posted January 14, 2014

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— 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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  • mramorak Jan 14, 2014

    Let me guess!!!! So sad praying for all.

  • Obamacare prevails again Jan 14, 2014

    Just your average day in Durham.

  • mike275132 Jan 14, 2014

    Gee, How Surprising another murder in Durham. What is your solution Mayor Bell ? [ So far in the last 13 years as Mayor you have not helped the situation].

    I'm sure after President Barack Hussein Obama speaks tomorrow at NCSU there will be no more murders.

    Just like in Chicago.....

  • Phyxius1 Jan 14, 2014

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    Guess you have not been reading of the shootings and murders in your Raleigh this month. They have outnumbered Durhams so far this yr. Sad senseless crimes for sure and Durham has its issues but Durham isn't heading up the headlines lately . Another person was stabbed to death in Raleigh just this am, 3 shot in one ordeal on the 9th less than a week ago and first reported murder for the year. Time to stop trying to keep the spotlight on Durham and ignoring whats going on in others back yards... yards..WAY too much senseless crimes hitting the headlines this year all around.

  • jackaroe123 Jan 14, 2014

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    It sounds like you get so much pleasure out of murders in Durham that you don't actually want anything done to curtail them.

  • Mr. Hans Jan 14, 2014

    A shooting in Durham? Now there's something you don't see every day... Oh, wait.

  • stymieindurham Jan 14, 2014

    Did you know there were "TWO" drive-by shootings on Crest street over the weekend?!!! You don't hear about ALL the shootings in Durham. Not unless someone dies.

  • 03Arabian Jan 14, 2014

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    Its Raleigh that's in the headlines for that almost daily lately in 2014 and ahead in violent crimes so far. I agree with Phyxius1 that its time the spotlight starts to come off Durham and people look at what's happening around them in their own counties. Its been a bad start in NC for 2014 and Durham doesn't appear to lead the pack this time around. 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? Raleigh was the first with a murder for 2014 and there was hardly a comment made or of 3 shot on the 9th or man killed by burger king on the 6th. Durham county unincorporated areas saw a 20%+ drop in crimes for 2013 so its heading in the right direction. The city part still has its issues as seen in this story but not all of Durham is bad. I guess on the other hand though ALL of Raleigh is bad now with all the crime reports , shootings and murders there now.

  • WRALSUCKS Jan 14, 2014

    Hard to believe this could happen in Durham given all the restrictive gun laws there.

    Prayers to those involved and their family.

  • eddybal Jan 14, 2014

    RKBA, what restrictive gun laws? Last time I checked, Durham was part of NC.