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Man dies after shooting in Durham Taco Bell parking lot

Posted August 4, 2016

A man died early Thursday morning after being shot outside a Durham Taco Bell, police said.
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— A man died early Thursday morning after being shot outside a Taco Bell restaurant in Durham, police said.

Durham police officers responded to the 3500 block of Westgate Drive around 12:45 a.m. to a report of a shooting. When they arrived, officers found a man inside a vehicle who was suffering from a gunshot wound.

The man, who was identified as 21-year-old Gerald Gholar, was transported to the hospital where he later died. Investigators said the Gholar knew the person who shot him, but no charges have been filed yet.

At least one vehicle in the parking lot was damaged by the gunfire: A green Isuzu Rodeo had bullet holes in the back, passenger-side window, and both its front tires were blown out. A second vehicle in the parking lot, a silver Chevrolet Impala, was damaged on the driver side, but it is unclear how the vehicle was damaged.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call Investigator M. Evans at 919-560-4440 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.


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  • Peter Goswick Aug 4, 2016
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    For all you people that think that Durham is the most horrible place to live...stay home!! Don't come to DPAC, don't come to Durham Bulls games, don't come to the outstanding restaurants, don't come to the local breweries, don't come to the world class hospitals...stay home in your glass houses....but be sure to keep all your rocks in your pockets. We will be just fine here in the Bull City without you.

  • Chase Truman Aug 4, 2016
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    Nope, never said the murder was funny. Just the people who judge Durham when they don't live there.

  • Ben Hill Aug 4, 2016
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    A person was killed by someone other than the police, so comments on this situation can be funny?

  • Chase Truman Aug 4, 2016
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    I love reading comments about Durham from non-Durham people. They make me laugh.

  • Roger Chance Aug 4, 2016
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    Spot on, Mr. Price. Never go to Durham at night or unarmed. Always stay west of dwtn.

  • William Price Aug 4, 2016
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    just another friendly night in durham