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Woman dies after shooting at Durham IHOP

Posted October 8, 2011
Updated October 10, 2011

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— Durham police are searching for a man following a fatal shooting at the IHOP restaurant on North Pointe Drive early Saturday. 

The man was told to leave the restaurant shortly before 3:25 a.m. by two Durham County Sheriff's deputies who were working off-duty at the IHOP. He returned a few minutes later and fired shots from the parking lot into the restaurant, injuring two people. He then went inside and continued to shoot, police said. 

Delia Allen, 46, of Lancaster Street, died from her injuries Saturday morning. The other victim, a 24-year-old man, was treated and released after a bullet grazed his hand. Both victims were taken to Duke University Hospital. 

The man ran from the IHOP parking lot following the shooting. 

Durham IHOP IHOP shooting leaves Durham woman dead

Anyone with information is asked to call Durham police at 919-560-4440, ext. 29337, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.

Allen's family said the gunman was aiming at deputies and that Allen just got caught in the crosshairs.

"It's just hard to believe. I feel paralyzed," said Allen's niece, Freda Silver. "I feel like this is a dream and when I lay down and wake up, it's going to be all over."

Silver said she was raised by Allen, who also has a 21-year-old daughter, and that her aunt devoted her life to giving.

"She loves her family. She loves her daughter. She loves her church family. She loves God," Silver said. "If I could say one thing to the public, it would be to love your family, to treasure them and to cherish every moment you have with them because the next moment is not promised."


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  • dwallace9392 Oct 13, 2011

    This is so sad!!!!! My heart goes out to her family and friends.This could have been me or you. Lock him away where he belongs. No value for his life or no one else's. One less killer on the streets.

  • hckyplyr72 Oct 11, 2011

    Another low life who thinks rap is cool and gives two cents about life. Hollywood and musicians need to take responsibility. They make the street life look glorious and this is all it does. RIP

  • Avenger Oct 11, 2011

    Don't sell these conceal carry classes short I agree they do not teach enough marksmanship, but it is 8+ hours of the law, safety, and when and when not to use that fire arm. I guess it depends on the instructor, but I make sure my students know how to make that decision before they leave the class room. The hours of instruction are about the same for a law enforcemnet officer on this block of instruction going through an academy, they just spend more time on the range and car stops etc.

    A friend of mine help design that course at the NC Justice Academy, and a lot of effort was put in it.

    I do believe the shooting and written exam should be more difficult that is the big difference,in police training and this, the requirements to pass the course is much tougher for the police. The distances for the shooting are much greater and timed, but they are trained for different situations than the average person would address.

  • eyeoneastsky Oct 10, 2011

    Mhowellred, you are exactly right. Somebody is hiding him somewhere and thinks what he did was just a tragic mistake.He may be thought of as a hero is some circles for firing at a cop. I am sure that delusion will be brought to a swift end. My deepest sympathy to Delia's family and friends.

  • dougroberts Oct 10, 2011

    with 2 deputies on site the gunman should have been pinned down with the help of Durham Police on their way . Sounds like he left on foot , we should have this guy.

  • womack815 Oct 10, 2011

    He left and returned a few minutes later and started shooting...ok, so where did the 2 off deputies disappear to so fast ??

  • weaver52000 Oct 10, 2011

    Oh I agree, but we are taling about carrying around a handgun, not an uzzi. You stated that you wish we would only let those with military or police backgrounds carry around guns. That is unconstitutional. We are not in this situation yet, thank God, but one of the reasons our founding fathers gave citizens the right to arm themselves was to protect them from their own government if things took a turn for the worse.

  • UNC PH.d Oct 10, 2011

    weaver52000, Constitutional rights are one thing, but the Founding Fathers never envisioned the type of firepower the average person can have today. THAT'S why you HAVE to learn how to use a modern weapon safely, otherwise you'll end up shooting your foot off, or someone else in the head. Just blindly saying I can do it because of the Constitution is pretty naive, times are much different than they were 224 years ago. That's why there are Amendments to things...and Federal laws against automatic weapons, magazine size, etc. There have to be rules....and laws.

  • weaver52000 Oct 10, 2011

    UNC PH.d, My point is that there should not even have to be a class for me to take to carry my gun. It is my constitutional right.

  • UNC PH.d Oct 10, 2011


    Where are you coming from? I'm not anti-gun at all, but my point was that the current conceal/carry classes you need to get the permit DO NOT teach the average person how to carry a firearm safely, not to mention when/if to use it when threatened.