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Man charged in fatal shooting at Durham tire store

Posted March 30, 2012
Updated March 31, 2012

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— A week after a gunman killed two people and wounded two others at a Durham tire store, deputies on Friday charged a man in the case.

O'Brian McNeil White, 24, of Durham, faces two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

A gunman opened fire last Friday afternoon inside J.T. Tire, at 2202 E. Geer St. Naomi Wright, 65, who was at the front desk, and Abdelgadir Mergany Abdelganir, 32, a cab driver who was at the shop to get a tire fixed, were killed.

Store employee Terry Shaw, 51, and customer Javier Ramirez remain hospitalized with gunshot wounds.

Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews said Durham police arrested White on several weapons-related charges Friday morning.

Forensic evidence collected at the shooting scene linked him to the crimes, Andrews said, declining to elaborate.

White has been on probation for a December conviction on drug and weapons charges, according to state Department of Public Safety records. He was arrested two other times last year for carrying a concealed weapon, records show.

Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews Durham sheriff credits public for tips in fatal shooting

He was discharged last year from the Army, according to his mother, who declined to give her name. She said he was stationed at Fort Bragg but was never deployed.

Regarding the charges against White, she said, "I raised him. He is grown up, and and he is his own man."

Tire shop owner John Turner said he and his family were happy that an arrest had been made.

Andrews thanked local residents, who provided numerous tips in the case last weekend, for their assistance, but he added that the investigation is ongoing and their continued cooperation is necessary.

"Durham County citizens are our eyes and ears on the street and play a vital role in preventing crime," he said. "I appreciate those in the community who have called and provided investigators with valuable information leading to this arrest."

The sheriff declined to say whether more arrests are expected.

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  • backwards Apr 2, 2012

    Why is this not a hate crime? Black suspect, white victim. It would be if it was the other way around.

  • Tarheel born Apr 2, 2012

    Great job by the Durham P.D. and to the citizens who helped with their tips and information. That's the way it supposed to work!!

  • burtonbrdr00 Mar 30, 2012

    @ luv2surffish2
    I love the comment, so true

  • Zelda Mar 30, 2012

    There is no comparison between this case and the one in Florida. There was no alleged self defense or stand your ground murkiness. The cops did their job and if they have the right guy, he will be off the streets for a long time to come. And guns do kill people -- all the time. We have the most violent society that is supposedly "civilized" and guns don't make us safer at all.

  • scarlett2 Mar 30, 2012

    He looks happy in the photo like he is glad to finally get some media attention for what he did. I am thankful that the citizens of Durham that knew what he had done, turned him in.

  • 2gurlz2boyzMom Mar 30, 2012

    wow.... UNCFAN4LIFE05... as i pulled up this article, i was thinking the same thing... then i scroll down, and someone already asked about his smiling..... (guess that's one thing that unc and duke fans can agree on lol)

  • working for deadbeats Mar 30, 2012

    I expect him to be charged with this as a hate crime and other civil rights violations. I'll hold my breath.

  • uncfan4life05 Mar 30, 2012

    Why is he smiling? Is he proud that he ruined lives? At least he is off the street.

  • sunshine1040 Mar 30, 2012

    What happened to the tat that covered half of his face

  • ratherbnwpb Mar 30, 2012

    Good job Durham PD, of course as soon as he has his first appearance the judge will drop his bond to $10,000 and he'll be on the streets again.

    NC is no longer a death penalty state, and now that Cline is gone at least there's a chance the DA's office won't mess it up and get him freed.
    Milkman
    March 30, 2012 5:53 p.m.
    Murder charges are a NO BOND offense.

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