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Durham IHOP offers $2,500 reward in fatal shooting

Posted October 10, 2011

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— A Durham IHOP restaurant is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the conviction of a man who police say shot and killed a customer early Saturday.

Two off-duty Durham County sheriff's deputies working at the IHOP at 1821 North Pointe Drive had asked the man, who had been arguing, to leave the restaurant around 3:25 a.m., shortly before he returned and opened fire, killing Delia Allen, 46, and injuring another man.

The unidentified shooter fled from the scene. Investigators have only a very general description of him.

Allen's family said the gunman was aiming at deputies when she was shot, but Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said Monday that the circumstances of what happened are still under investigation and that there is a lot of speculation right now.

"What we do know is that a lot of people were placed in danger, and this young lady was an innocent patron at the restaurant," he said.

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Detectives have been working some leads, he added, but he hopes more people will come forward with information about the crime.

"I'm hopeful that individuals who were there who may have left prior to (the shooting) and may have some information and knowledge of who it was that was involved would come forward and let us know," Lopez said.

Anyone with information that could help can call 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.


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  • patriajholloway Oct 12, 2011

    My husband and I were there when this happened. I was sitting right across from Ms.Allen when this happened. To the family we are so sorry that this occured, our prayers go out to the family of this young woman. I have been tramatized from this and won't leave my house because of it. If anyone knows anything about this please tell the police so the Allen family can have some justice.

  • ashleesboss Oct 11, 2011

    ok so someone anger/hits/violates/insults you and you open fire?? Oh yea.. the weak discipline of our society

  • thepeopleschamp Oct 11, 2011

    tarheelbabe, that's called a scenario. It appeared you had all the answers to how DPD should find the suspect, yet you provided zero methods as to how you would do it. Leave it to DPD, this is not their first day at work.

  • tarheelbabe Oct 10, 2011

    thepeopleschamp...obviously I am not the Chief of DPD.
    You stated that the surveillance info is grainy, where are you getting your information? I havent read anything that has mentioned surveillance footage let alone grainy images
    Also I am not asking for magical TV crime solving efforts, I have no idea how you comprehended that from my previous post.
    I am simply voicing my opinon and asking questions that a lot of people would like to know the answer to.
    I dont know if DPD "beat confessions" out of people, I dont know who will testify in court...As a concerned citizen i would like more information thats all.
    I understand this is an ongoing investigation and some information cant be shared so the investigation wont be compromised. I get that, however what DPD has choosen to share is not acceptable to me. I would have appreciated at least a composite sketch not a description that decribes nearly every young black male in the city. Lets start there!!

  • boneymaroney13 Oct 10, 2011

    Don't be a judgmental cop hater until you hear the whole story. As many of you have said, WRAL left out a lot of information, but yet you are willing to base an opinion on what little you just read???! The cops aren't going to release any more information than they have to. THIS IS AN INVESTIGATION - - - - REMEMBER? I will bet you they already have generated a suspect!

  • working for deadbeats Oct 10, 2011

    "If the man caused a disturbance that caused him to get kicked out then he should have been arrested and put on a 24 hr hold which would have protected the customers and given him time to consider his bad behavior." eyeone

    Ya, if only it worked like that. LOL.

  • eyeoneastsky Oct 10, 2011

    If the man caused a disturbance that caused him to get kicked out then he should have been arrested and put on a 24 hr hold which would have protected the customers and given him time to consider his bad behavior.

  • thepeopleschamp Oct 10, 2011

    "Why isnt a more aggressive effort being put forth to locate the suspect, A concrete description would be a great start...I doubt if he was in IHOP alone speak to those with him" tarheelbabe

    What is a "more aggresive effort"? Beating confessions out of witnesses? Do you think people that are with him are really going to come forward and tesify against him in court?

  • thepeopleschamp Oct 10, 2011

    "I am losing respect for DPD more and more each day just because of what I see while doing day to day things within the city. DPD needs to do better much better." tarheelbabe

    Poof, your the chief of DPD. The video is grainy and useless, the description is general at best. "Snitches get stitches" so there is NO community help. There are no magical computers that solve crime like on tv. What's your play chief? Tell us how DPD should do their job.

  • thepeopleschamp Oct 10, 2011

    "2 deputies were inside... where a man fired OUTSIDE the building... THEN INSIDE.. yet not 1 round was fired at the suspect???" Artie Lang

    Having been in a public place that was shot at once it is easy to know why the Deputies couldn't shot back. Maybe they were on the other side of the room from where the bullets entered making it dangerous to try to shoot through a crowd. Also they were inside and the shooter was outside making finding a target next to impossible. But I guess its easier to bash the dpeuties than try to understand reason.