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Teen Arrested In Shooting At Durham Swim Club

Posted August 7, 2005

— A teenager has been arrested and charged with six counts of aggravated assault for a shooting that occurred during a swim party in Durham Friday night, police said.

The Durham Police Department arrested 18-year-old Charles Goodman Jr., of Durham, Saturday night for shooting four females and two males.

Officials with Duke University Medical Center said none of the injuries was life threatening, and five of the victims have been released from the hospital. The other victim has been listed in fair condition. All six of the shooting victims were between the ages of 16 and 19.

The incident happened at about 10:15 p.m. outside

Metrosport Athletic Club


501 Douglas St.

in Durham, police said.

According to witnesses, five males in a red Toyota 4-Runner arrived at the party at about 10 p.m. The five males were waiting in line, police said, when an argument between the five males and another group of teenagers broke out.

Police said the males got back into the 4-Runner, and someone from the crowd threw a rock at the vehicle, smashing a back window. Witnesses reported an occupant in the 4-Runner then fired several shots into the crowd, and the 4-Runner fled.

"I heard 12 gunshots," Jonathan Partridge said. "And, I spent five dollars to get kicked out of a club for somebody else acting stupid."

Police recovered the 4-Runner early Saturday on Glenn Road in Durham County and arrested Goodman Saturday night.

Members of the MetroSport club said the events were shocking.

"I was pretty surprised, although I do know they have had some problems before this with breaking into cars," club member Bob Kerr said. "But other than that, I don't think they've had any problems."

Kammie Michael, spokeswoman for the Durham Police Department, said a teen activity group had rented MetroSport Athletic Club for a swim party and that private security officers were at the event.

"Kids don't understand that when you have something, appreciate it," Partridge said.


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