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Durham Police Issue Warrants In Deadly Home Invasion

Posted June 30, 2003

— Durham police investigators have obtained arrest warrants for Dennis Lamont Hargrove in connection with last week's

fatal multiple shooting

on Markham Avenue in Durham.

Hargrove is also known as Chuck Hargrove, Dennis Venable and Chuckie Venable. He is charged with one count of murder and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury, in a shooting at 110 E. Markham Ave., Apt. 2.

One woman died in the attack after being shot in the head. Three other victims, including a 14-year-old girl and a 2-year-old girl, were taken to the hospital in critical condition.

"I am very pleased with the progress of this investigation," Durham Police Chief Steve Chalmers said. "Our investigators worked tirelessly to solve this case, and we feel certain that the suspects will be in custody soon. We do anticipate additional charges."

Authorities also are looking for Hargrove's cousin, Brian, who is wanted for questioning in the case.

Chalmers did not release a motive for the shootings. But he said "our investigation has revealed that this was not a random crime.

"This case has been an emotional one for me and for our officers because it involved multiple victims," Chalmers said, "specifically women, a teenager and a small child who were basically innocent and defenseless."

Hargrove is charged with killing Colette Moss and wounding a 2-year-old girl, a 14-year-old female and a 22-year-old woman. The Durham Police Department is not releasing the names of the victims for security reasons. Two victims are in critical condition, and one is in stable condition at this time.

Hargrove, 27, of 353 Wildlife Road in Clarksville, Va., still was on the run Monday night. He is described as 6 feet tall and 180 pounds and may be in the company of Brian Hargrove.

Dennis Hargrove also is wanted in Virginia on malicious wounding and drug charges.

The two men were last seen in a silver, four-door Nissan Pathfinder with tinted windows and Virginia registration JBM-1170. They may be in the Danville, Va., South Boston, Va., or Richmond, Va., areas.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Dennis or Brian Hargrove is asked to call 911 and then contact Durham CrimeStoppers at

683-1200

or Det. Anthony Smith at

560-4440, ext. 239.

Durham CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases.

"I would like to thank the community for the support they have given to the families and the Police Department," Chalmers said. "This incident has brought about so much support and partnership from people throughout the area.

"Our Homicide Unit approaches every homicide case with the determination to solve the crime, and I am proud of the work they have done in this case. The investigation is ongoing, and we will continue to try to identify every individual who was involved."

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