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Durham man arrested in fatal IHOP shooting

Posted October 13, 2011

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— Police arrested a 21-year-old man late Wednesday in connection with a shooting last Saturday at an IHOP restaurant in Durham that killed a 46-year-old woman.

Jerry Lee Adams, of 200 Seven Oaks Road, faces a murder charge in the death of Delia Allen. He was also charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Adams went to police headquarters for an interview Wednesday night and was arrested a short time later, Police Chief Jose Lopez said.

Two off-duty Durham County deputies working at the IHOP, at 1821 North Pointe Drive, told a group of people that they couldn't sit in a closed-off section of the restaurant, which was crowded with 30 to 40 people, police said.

One man left willingly but then returned to the restaurant a short time later and opened fire, killing Allen, police said. A 24-year-old man was grazed in the hand by a bullet, and another person was treated at the scene for a small laceration.

Allen's family said the gunman was aiming at deputies when she was shot, but police have not confirmed that.

"We don't know exactly who it was towards or why. We are still searching for the motive," Lopez said, adding that investigators are still trying to determine whether anyone else was involved.

"This was a major event that happened. It unfolded quickly, but it unfolded in a big way," he said. "We have to really look at all the different aspects of it and all the different possibilities."

A combination of community tips information from witnesses helped identify Adams as a suspect, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said.

He was denied bond at a court hearing Thursday and will next appear in court Oct. 17.

Delia Allen Man faces murder charge in IHOP shooting

Adams has served probation for five misdemeanor convictions, including drug charges, according to state Department of Correction records. Court records show he recently failed to appear in court on misdemeanor drug and traffic charges. Previous charges of trespassing and assault against him were voluntarily dismissed.

Allen's family said she was the youngest of 14 children and the single mother of a 21-year-old daughter. She worked part-time at the Durham YMCA and as a healthy social behaviors specialist at Child Care Services Association in Chapel Hill.

"Delia's hope was that all young children could learn the skills to solve problems peacefully, so that they could grow up to be adults who would contribute positively to their families and their communities," CCSA president Sue Russell said in a statement Wednesday.

In her memory, the nonprofit has created the Delia Allen Early Childhood Education Fund on Teaching Non-Violence.

Allen's niece, Freda Silver, remembered her as a giving woman, active in the Triangle Church of Christ.

"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."

Visitation for Allen will be held 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Boyd's Funeral Services, 149 Holland Bland Road in Warrenton. Her funeral service will be held at the Triangle Church of Christ, 5510 Barbee Chapel Hill Road in Chapel Hill, at 11 a.m. Friday.

Relatives said earlier this week that they hoped an arrest would be made before Allen's funeral.

"Sometimes you just have your moments where you can't go on for a minute, then God somehow steps in and keeps you going. And that's the only thing you can look for," her brother, Viselle Edwards, said.

Silver, who was raised by Allen, said she would carry on her aunt's memory.

"I constantly would hear her say she just wanted her life to matter, and I want her life to matter," Silver said.

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  • jljwcj Oct 18, 2011

    You don't discuss race in your house because you probably don't have to. Sorry, to bring up another perspective, but it's a reality for many of us, regardless of how much we try to avoid it. I'd rather my future kids be prepared for it.

    Your main issue seems to be with the NAACP, moreso than BET, or Miss Black America. I'm not currently a member, but I view the NAACP kind of like auto insurance. . . as long as people are still getting in accidents; we're gonna need it.

    issymayake,
    My point is WE will never get past this racial divide unless people quit bringing it up and having organizations solely for the advancement of one color. How would you feel if there was a NAACP. WET, Miss White America Pageant. In my personal experiences in life I have encountered racism from blacks. I have been called a h*nkey, cr*cker, redneck and so forth, but I don't take offense to if because ignorance is bliss. As far as your comment about needing it because of accidents- should we have an organizati

  • fayncmike Oct 14, 2011

    "Yes we have came a long way and there is no need for the NAACP anymore. Racism is still active but no to the extent as you would think.
    jljwcj"

    Are you kidding me? Racism is as active as ever. It's not as open as it was but, again, it hasn't dwindled a bit.

  • wildcat Oct 14, 2011

    We are different in many respects and there is nothing wrong with that.
    eyeoneastsky

    CRIME PREVAILS IN ALL RACE. NO ONE RACE IS REALLY EXEMPT.

  • eyeoneastsky Oct 13, 2011

    Like it or not people are of different races and cultures. Since when has it become a crime to state a persons race. God has torn down Babel and created different races. We can not put humpty dumpty back together again and create one massive people. We are not all alike. We do not think alike. We do not eat the same foods. We do not enjoy the same things. We are different in many respects and there is nothing wrong with that.

  • james27613 Oct 13, 2011

    Perhaps she was at IHOP to enjoy conversations and eat with other people? No matter, Durham, NYC, LA, etc, she can go anywhere she likes to. IHOP is open 24/7

    >
    "By all accounts this lady is a wonderful person! Why was she and the estimated 30 other seeming smart people out at 3:30 am?"

  • james27613 Oct 13, 2011

    "He came back to teach them a lesson, I'll show those two guys
    that I'm the real man.'

    >
    Gun control and people control. What prompted the police to refuse him entrance to the restaurant that would cause the need to brandish a gun (at the police yet to kill and innocent person)?

  • issymayake Oct 13, 2011

    jljwcj,

    You don't discuss race in your house because you probably don't have to. Sorry, to bring up another perspective, but it's a reality for many of us, regardless of how much we try to avoid it. I'd rather my future kids be prepared for it.

    Your main issue seems to be with the NAACP, moreso than BET, or Miss Black America. I'm not currently a member, but I view the NAACP kind of like auto insurance. . . as long as people are still getting in accidents; we're gonna need it.

  • james27613 Oct 13, 2011

    As for more of the public getting permit for concealed carry....

    The permit is in no way authority to act as law enforcement,
    if a situation starts you call 911 and protect yourself.

    The deputies asked the guy to leave and he did.
    What more should they have done?

    This young man had no business with any firearm due to his
    convictions and pending charges.

  • james27613 Oct 13, 2011

    This guy should not have any firearms due to his convictions.

    Tragic act of stupidity, if convicted, he took the life of the innocent lady and also ruined his own.

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    Adams has served probation for five misdemeanor convictions, including drug charges, according to state Department of Correction records. Court records show he recently failed to appear in court on misdemeanor drug and traffic charges

  • Titus Pullo Oct 13, 2011

    He's got really tiny ears.

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