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Two dead, three injured in Durham shooting

Posted March 23, 2012
Updated March 24, 2012

— A gunman killed two and left three injured Friday afternoon at a Durham County tire shop and left authorities looking for both the culprit and the reason.

Relatives said a man walked into J.T. Tire, at 2202 E. Geer St., at about 3 p.m. and opened fire on the owner, John R. Turner, another employee and a customer. Property records show Turner owned the store with his wife, Betty T. Turner, whom relatives said was also rushed to a nearby hospital.

"My uncle ain't never done nobody wrong," said Ray Turner. 

Family: Tire store shooting unprovoked Family: Tire store shooting unprovoked

The family said John Turner had hit his head as he ducked the gunshots. They said the woman who worked behind the counter was among the dead.

Sheriff's investigators confirmed that Naomi Wright Turner, 65, and Abdelgadir Mergany Abdelganir, 32, were killed in the attack. Representatives of Durham's Best Cab Company said Abdelganir was a driver for the company who had stopped in to fix a tire and was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Neighbor Michael Walker said he heard about 10 shots and saw one person lying outside the store covered with a sheet.

Robin Page, who was driving through the intersection of Geer Street and Club Boulevard, said she saw people run from the tire shop yelling. 

"We saw one gentleman laying on the ground. He was not moving," she said. "There was another gentleman on the ground and he was moving."

Authorities said two others suffered gunshot wounds. Family members say they are John Turner, the owner of the store, and an employee, Terry Shaw.

The Durham Sheriff's Office initially reported that five people were shot, but they revised the total down as the investigation continued.

Authorities described the man they were looking for as black, about 6 feet tall, with a tattoo on the left side of his face and wearing a brightly colored T-shirt. He reportedly fled the scene in a silver sedan.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200 or e-mail durham.crimestoppers@durhamnc.gov.


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  • johnny2times Mar 23, 2012

    Do they really need to have that many cops at that crime spot?? I count at least ten cop cars in that pic. If I was a crook I would be robbing some place right now knowing that 3/4 of the DPD is somewhere else. Geesh my tax dollars at work I guess.
    March 23, 2012 4:18 p.m

    Its not DPD....its the Sheriffs Office out on this scene...

  • turbo08 Mar 23, 2012

    I expect hate crime charges to be filed against the shooter and if not I'm protesting.

  • beachlvr0804 Mar 23, 2012

    Prayers to all involved......senseless act by a coward.

  • notyou Mar 23, 2012

    mchilausky - agreed. JT really is the salt of the earth. He and his family are suffering right now. I hope that our community will rally around them.

  • durham citizen Mar 23, 2012

    It is certainly comforting to know that our mayors war on gun violence is working.

  • BullCityChill Mar 23, 2012

    Some of the most kind good hearted people I have ever known.

  • shontell72001 Mar 23, 2012

    The president has barely spoken about what happened in Florida. So what's your point? That's all irrelevant. Let's just hope the local law officials do what they are suppose to do to apprehend the suspect at large!!! Had the local law officials done just that in florida, that story might not be so huge! Its when justice is NOT served that the outcries are numerous People are dead! Both situations are very unfortunate. What does the president have to do with this? Geesh! The media outlets determined what gets attention!! There are several things that should make national news that do not.

  • meri20 Mar 23, 2012

    Front page of CNN.

  • hp277 Mar 23, 2012

    I wonder if there will be any outcry for these poor folks? Probably not. Will the President speak about it? Nope. Not to say that I think what happened in Florida is right, it is not. Let justice be done. Just saying. This will get ZERO national news.
    unspoken majority
    March 23, 2012 6:18 p.m.

    It's the #2 story on CNN.com.

  • terdaname Mar 23, 2012

    Actually, CNN was running the story a few hours ago. But no, this story wont be viewed as an epidemic. It will be lumped in with all the other stories of crime, the way it should. The front page story in the national headlines is the story that shouldn't be so publicized, but the liberal media will stop at nothing to say we are all somehow really racists.