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Gunman still sought in Durham tire store shooting

Posted March 26, 2012
Updated March 27, 2012

— Authorities continued to follow leads Monday in a Friday afternoon shooting at a Durham tire store that left two people dead and two others in the hospital.

Naomi Wright, 65, was at the front desk of J.T. Tire, at 2202 E. Geer St., when a man came in and started shooting, authorities said. Wright and Abdelgadir Mergany Abdelganir, 32, a cab driver who was at the shop to get a tire fixed, were both killed.

Store employee Terry Shaw, 51, and customer Javier Ramirez remain hospitalized with gunshot wounds. Shaw was in stable condition Monday, and Ramirez was critical but stable.

Investigators spent the weekend sifting through tips and interviewing the dozen or witnesses who were in the store and others, said Maj. Paul Martin of the Durham County Sheriff's Office, who noted he has slept only about six hours in the past two days.

"We’ve received information that we can corroborate, which is very good for the investigation," Martin said.

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

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Martin declined to say whether investigators have developed a more thorough description or whether there was any security video in the shop or nearby.

"We are trying to do a very thorough investigation, so we just don’t want to say there is one suspect at this time,” he said.

J.T. Tire was closed Monday, but an informal memorial was outside the shop.

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


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  • Tcheuchter Mar 27, 2012

    "It really isn't the guns, its the people that have the guns..."

    Not that old lie. people have always tried to kill eachother....guns were invented to make it easier....and they do.

  • Tcheuchter Mar 27, 2012

    "Tcheuchter: Please, never run for office. You are WAY out of the relam of reality with your comments. I am always amuzed by your comments. I needed a good laugh and if I thought you were serious, I would probably worry!"

    Be amused to your hearts content...won't make you right though....

    I am serious and time will show me to be right.....you are a dinosaur that doesn't know about the meteorite just entering the atmosphere

  • dontrisht2 Mar 27, 2012

    This is a very sad tragedy!!! Whenever innocent people are killed is a tragedy and effects so many lives.. My heart goes out to all the family involved in this senseless crime... Also for the 17 year old in Fl.. and for all the others that have been killed. What has this world came too???? It really isn't the guns, its the people that have the guns...

  • h3ardita11b4 Mar 27, 2012

    ^the, ^prove. I hate when that happens....

  • h3ardita11b4 Mar 27, 2012

    The posts here are BEYOND hypocritical. On ANY given day if there's a homicide in Durham, these SAME posters are way too busy BASHING Durham to even care about who was killed. NOW they want to march - hilarity. Just one trip to archives will show and how insincere all of these comments are....

  • jblake1932 Mar 27, 2012

    Tcheuchter: Please, never run for office. You are WAY out of the relam of reality with your comments. I am always amuzed by your comments. I needed a good laugh and if I thought you were serious, I would probably worry!

  • Tcheuchter Mar 27, 2012

    "Not allowed outrage. This case is MUCH worse than the one in Fla. But the lamestream media will never report it as such. This country is circling the drain...as planned by the regime in DC"

    How is it worse?.....the killers will likely be caught and charged...or do you imagine they will successfully claim it was self defense?

  • Tcheuchter Mar 27, 2012

    "That famous photo of the kid in Fla. was made when he was 12 yrs. old...Not at all how he looked now. The sharptons, jacksons, faracons, etal are using that to pump up trouble and they will be sorry...sadly. Crime is Crime, no matter who gets hurt. It's a shame for the families of all."

    Trayvon had no criminal record (unlike his killer) and was only 17......as for "pumping up trouble" you should be ashamed of yourself. If a 17 year old can't walk down a street without being hassled and murdered and his killer walking free because he is the only witness to his "self defense" against a bag of skittles then all of us should be concerned as next time it might be you or your kid.

  • Tcheuchter Mar 27, 2012

    We have higher casualties in the triangle than we do in Afghanistan.......will America never grow up and do something about guns?

  • llf Mar 27, 2012

    Are you guys serious. Why not march on this crime. I think we should march on this horrible crime, but in this case we have to pick and choose our battles. We cannot march on everything violent that happens in this world. If we did how would we have time to work to make a living. We have to pick and choose our battles. How about we do a march on the stupid comments folks make on these comment sections. Yes the murder here in Durham was horrible and I knew one of the victims personally. Do I think it is a shame of course, but if there seemed to be police cover up in this situation and racial slurs used to indicate a hate crime I would see this getting the media attention, but all the information we have so far is just another act of violence, and we do have marches to speak out against violence.