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Store owner, retired deputy killed in Orange County shooting

Posted January 25, 2012
Updated January 30, 2012

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— Two people were killed Wednesday afternoon in what appears to be a robbery turned shooting at a thrift store in northern Orange County, a source close to the investigation told WRAL News.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office said Phillip Johnson, 52, was dead inside the Week In Treasures thrift shop. Alexander "Skip" Wade, 68, was taken to Duke University Hospital in Durham, where he died, authorities said.

Johnson owned the store, at 2800 Mill Creek Road in the Cedar Grove community, according to a relative. The source close to the investigation, who asked to remain anonymous, said Wade was a retired Orange County deputy.

Authorities said both men suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Investigators said the cash register drawer was stolen.

Two killed in shooting at Orange County thrift store Two killed in shooting at Orange County thrift store

No one is in custody, authorities said, and they are not releasing any information about possible suspects.

The State Bureau of Investigation has been called in to assist the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

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  • fayncmike Jan 26, 2012

    "welfarequeen...how embarassing ...just how many people do YOU know on Death Row? And if you do how do you know they are not quilty? And how do you define 'too many'? Do you know any innocent people locked up? You make brash and unsubstantiated claims of this and that with NO evidence to back up your statements. That means it your opinion NOT a fact.
    Tarheel born"

    Well as a matter of fact I know a lot of people on death row. I'm a member of, "deathspeaks.com." I sponsor and support a number of death row inmates. So far none of my people have come close to government sanctioned murder. I intend to keep it that way.

  • Tarheel born Jan 26, 2012

    welfarequeen...how embarassing ...just how many people do YOU know on Death Row? And if you do how do you know they are not quilty? And how do you define 'too many'? Do you know any innocent people locked up? You make brash and unsubstantiated claims of this and that with NO evidence to back up your statements. That means it your opinion NOT a fact.

  • Tarheel born Jan 26, 2012

    Just face it 'fnymike'....you're wrong on so many counts. I haven't seen ONE post that agrees with you or your asinine comments.

    I'm guessing you don't run your own business, have never been robbed, have NEVER investigated a robbery much less an armed robbery/homicide and don't have any inside information about the crime, crime scene, autopsy, witness' statements or anything else.

    Probable best just to bow out gracefully.

  • arielrae Jan 26, 2012

    This is so devastating. I pray the Lord be with each of the victim's families. Skip Wade was a wonderful man and an honorable police officer. He so spoke into my life and was such an encouragement to me during a very hard time.

  • Common Sense Man Jan 26, 2012

    "Cedar Grove has turned very sketchy over the last ten years. So much for Orange County being safe."

    Hard to be safe when the Sheriff doesn't let the deputies do their jobs. You can't be proactive there.

  • NotAgain Jan 26, 2012

    We Christians like to get even and especially when we get to do a public torture.

  • RM24 Jan 26, 2012

    Oh the Conservatives on here..........combining unconstitutional(and unchristian)punishments with prayers at the same time......
    haggis basher

    Some of us don't support the criminal behavior. Paddling their little hands and saying bad boy/girl aint working. And remember is ok to punish criminals, even in the bible.

  • RM24 Jan 26, 2012

    "When some fool really got to get that cash they just gonna do it and you better be ready to stop-drop-roll and run!" - welfare queen

    Or be ready to kill for that "cash they gotta get". Besides we all know most of that time that "cash" is for drugs. I don't know all the stats in every situation that some of you claim to know, I do know that in 100% of the time where the criminal is killed he never repeats the crime after that day. That is a guarantee!

  • Workingrepublican Jan 26, 2012

    Haggis....I will tell YOU what unconstitutional is and that is coming in a store rob it and kill 2 innocent people. As far as I am concerned they could have been conservative,liberals christans or atheist those 2 human beings are AMERICANS they deserve there rights the murderers gave there rights up. Now you can believe what you want to believe but I believe and eye for an eye. If it takes a wood chipper to get these nuts to stop these violent crimes then I will help supply the gas that goes in the machine. Get your head out of the law book and read the real world. You people drive me crazy.

  • pm2 Jan 26, 2012

    for the guilty: IT's off to the Federal Pen/Fed Country Club to hang with their Gang Buds.

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