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Shooting victims, supporters rally against violence in Durham

Posted April 7, 2012
Updated April 9, 2012

— A robbery and shooting spree at a Durham tire shop that killed two and injured three others is an example of senseless violence, the kind those at a rally Saturday hope to stop.

John Turner, owner of J.T. Tire, at 2202 E. Geer St., was hit in the head by the man who opened fire in his place of business.

"He jumped back and put the gun on me and it clicked, then he whacked me on the head with it," Turner said. He believes the only reason he survived on March 23 was because the shooter ran out of bullets.

His cousin and employee, Naomi Wright, was not so lucky. Turner said she was shot and killed because she wasn't giving the robber money fast enough.

A customer, cab driver Abdelgadir Abdelganir, was also shot and killed. Two others were shot and are recovering.

The dozens who marched down Geer Street Saturday, signs in hand, hope the man who caused the chaos is made to pay.

O'Brian White, 24, was arrested a week later and charged with two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

"You want people to pay for their crimes so that other people know that they're safe to move around in the community," said Scott Perry, a cousin of Naomi Wright.

Turner agrees. "This man, regardless of what kind of mental condition he's in, has no business in society," he said.

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White's friends and family have said he has shown signs of mental illness, but he is not the killer. They think he was targeted by police because he has a small tattoo on his face. Initial reports from the shooting said the man behind the gun had a similar tattoo.

White is being held at the Durham County jail on $3 million dollar bond.


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  • awr117 Apr 9, 2012

    This was a raciest hate crime.

  • kermit60 Apr 9, 2012

    Maybe they shold have sold t-shirts. Not going to get much media with this because the shooter and victims played the wrong role.

  • not my real name Apr 9, 2012

    Ya, I'm sure that just because his friends dont think he did it, he'll be released right away with an apology....>NOT> Ya'll ever heard of forensics, evidence or eye witnesses?

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Apr 9, 2012

    What is wrong with this world?

  • abbynork Apr 9, 2012

    Yeah, that march and rally should do the trick.

  • walrus1949 Apr 9, 2012

    This will be a few days in the news then poof, Forgotten. Sad story. Happens too often. Then u see black community rallies in our area for the Fla. case. The NC black and white communities need to come together and unite for any violent crime. Cleanse ur own community

  • issymayake Apr 9, 2012

    I wish I'd known about this march. I would have participated.