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Man shot, killed outside Durham convenience store

Posted December 7, 2015

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— Police were investigating a fatal shooting Monday afternoon outside a Durham convenience store.

Officers dispatched to a shooting call at 12:15 p.m. in the 1100 block of West Chapel Hill Street found Raiford Matthews Jr. lying in the parking lot of University Market. Matthews, 34, of Durham, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ali Alsaras, the convenience store's owner, said he heard five shots coming from the side parking lot and then saw a man stumble into the front lot and collapse. Neither he nor any of the several customers inside at the time was hurt.

"Everybody started running" when the shots rang out, said Javon Carrington, who works nearby. "Everybody was ducking for cover."

No charges have been filed, and no further details were available.

University Market is a few blocks from the Duke University campus, and school administrators issued an alert to students and staff after the shooting. Immaculata Catholic School, which also is near the convenience store, briefly was locked down.

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


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  • Sonja Yagel Dec 7, 2015
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    So true

  • Tyrone Bigg Dec 7, 2015
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    Perhaps because this is an everyday occurrence in "little Chicago"?

  • Rosco Coltrane Dec 7, 2015
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  • Betsy Smith Dec 7, 2015
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    Funny how none of you had anything to say about the shooting in Raleigh a few days ago. Biased much?

  • LetsBeFair Dec 7, 2015

    The holiday season brings a lot of stress. Some mother has lost a child. No matter the cause, a hole is left. Too often for this area its black on black crime, this will not draw the interest of a liberal media.

  • Martha Matthews Dec 7, 2015
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    Wow, WRAL you were slow on reporting this one. I work next to the police department and heard the sirens. Within 30 minutes, there was a helicopter in the sky hovering over the area, I assume dispatched from WTVD, and they had breaking news about this within 40 minutes after the shooting on their website. It took WRAL forever to even mention it as breaking news. I always watch WRAL, but I see you are not the news leader.

  • Justin Case Dec 7, 2015
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    Another one bites the dust :-)

  • Sonja Yagel Dec 7, 2015
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    Hey, this is no ways from the Police Dept. in broad open daylight no less. Shows how scared the criminals are of the police. Durham has a real problem with crime.