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Shooting kills two, injures two at Durham townhouse complex

Posted November 9, 2008
Updated November 12, 2008

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— A man found shot to death Saturday night in Durham is the younger brother of Demario James Atwater, who is charged with first-degree murder in connection with University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill senior Eve Carson's death.

Officers responding to calls about a shooting at the McCracken Place Townhomes, 906 Glendale Ave., at about 11:30 p.m. found Shelton Henderson Jr., 19, shot outside one of the buildings. Henderson had been shot, and paramedics declared him dead at the scene.

Ronnet Black, a neighbor and friend of Henderson's, told WRAL News Sunday that Atwater was the victim's older half-brother.

Atwater, 22, and another man, Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr, 17, kidnapped Carson and shot her five times in the early-morning hours of March 5, police said.

The body of Nathan Elmoore, 17, was also found Saturday at 906 Glendale Ave.  Elmoore was transported to Duke University Medical Center but died early Sunday.

Christopher Hunter, 16, and James Downey, 21, also suffered gunshot wounds, but their injuries were non-life-threatening.

Deamonte Tavaris Brooks, 19, shot Henderson and Elmoore, police said. Brooks has been charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Dylan Shaquan Turner, 17, has been charged with possession of a firearm by a minor.

Officers said the investigation into the homicides was ongoing. They have not said what circumstances they believe led to the shootings.

Henderson, Atwater's brother, and Downey are from Durham, while Elmoore and Hunter are from Creedmoor, police said.

Anyone with information about the Glendale Avenue shooting is asked to call Investigator M. Soucie at 919-560-4440, ext. 274 or Sgt. J. Cates at 919-560-4440 ext 262, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.

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