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Suspect in Durham clinic shooting had criminal history

Posted May 5, 2010

— The man police say shot a female worker at a Duke University Health System clinic on Tuesday had an extensive criminal history that included violence against women, according to state Department of Correction records.

Police said Charlene King, 49, was shot to death inside the North Duke Street Clinic shortly before 3 p.m.

In 911 calls released on Wednesday, a caller from inside the clinic said King was shot at least three times.

People attempted to perform CPR on King, but she died at the scene.

One caller said she saw the shooter leave the clinic heading southbound on Duke Street on foot.

Shortly after the shooting, a suspect was found hiding at Broad and Carver streets, and he exchanged gunfire with police and was shot.

The gunman, identified as Burnette Taylor, 52, died at Duke University Hospital a few hours later.

King had recently ended a year-long relationship with Taylor, her relatives said.

A woman was shot at Duke Health Center in Durham on May 4, 2010. 911 calls released in Duke clinic shooting

Taylor was a registered sex offender and had served 12 years of a 35-year sentence for a second-degree rape conviction in October 1993, according to Department of Correction records. He got probation for misdemeanor assault on a female convictions in February 2007 and March 2009. The DOC listed him as a probation absconder.

Court records show that King had not filed a domestic violence order against Taylor, but another woman filed an order against him in November, claiming Taylor attacked her.

“He slapped me across my face, took my phone, broke it, continued to slap, kick, punch me with his fists. Blackening both my eyes, fracturing my ribs, my liver was cut due to the kick in the ribs,” the woman said in the order.

At the time of his death, Taylor was facing charges of driving under the influence, communicating threats and injury to personal property.

Two families grieve after shooting

King had three daughters and four grandchildren. Taylor had five sons and three daughters.

One of Taylor's sons, Antwon Parker, expressed sorrow for King's family Wednesday morning.

"I want to offer my condolences and prayers and let them know I am truly sorry that one person's mistake led to someone else's loss and, at the same time, my loss," Parker said.

Son apologizes for father's actions after shooting Son apologizes for father's actions after shooting

Parker said his mother had four other children with Taylor. He said she left Taylor after he was accused of rape and sent to prison. Parker didn't elaborate on the conviction but said it was a "horrible crime."

Taylor had drug and alcohol problems but was doing odd jobs, fixing roof and floors, and seemed fine when they talked last week, Parker said. Though he didn't talk to his son about his relationships, but  Parker said his father told him that  he was going to get things straightened out in his life.

Parker said that he never thought the man he went on a fishing trip with last year could be capable of murder. He said it seems like his father snapped.

"Just like her family, it took me by surprise. I didn't see it coming. There were no warning signs to me," he said.

Parker's mother said she had known King in childhood and she was a good woman.

King’s stepson, Steven Shealey, said she had recently moved into a new house in Graham following her breakup with Taylor.

"I guess he realized that he had lost something like a jewel, something precious as she was, and that's why he couldn't let her go," Shealey said. “I guess he felt if he couldn't have her, he didn't want anyone to have her."

Durham Crisis Center advocate Jessie Sterner knows the dangers of domestic violence and hopes this latest incident doesn't deter women living in fear from reaching out for help.

“We have a shelter. We have support groups. We have counseling. There are people there so you don’t have to be alone,” Sterner said.

The shooting was the fourth officer-involved shooting by Durham police in the past four months. It was under internal review by Durham police and external review by the State Bureau of Investigation, following standard procedure for any shooting in which a North Carolina law enforcement officer fires a weapon.

One Durham officer, B.T. Black, was placed on administrative duty pending the investigation, which is also standard procedure in any officer-involved shooting, authorities said.

All Wednesday appointments at the North Duke Street Clinic have been canceled. Patients who have questions about their appointments should call 919-613-7650. The clinic is expected to reopen Thursday.


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  • webbworkathome May 7, 2010

    If anyone noticed, she had a YEAR LONG relationship with Taylor. I read the entire posting here and not one person even remotely considered the fact that within that time period she found out about his past and broke it off with him because of this. If we are going to read between the lines, read all the lines in between. He may have shown his true abusive nature to her within that year long period and helped her decide not only to break it off, but to move far enough away from him in hopes of ensuring her own safety. I guess she never once thought he would be so brazen as to come to her place of employment to do her harm or she may have actually felt safe at work.

    As far as her heart, I can rest assured that she is in the arms of the Father safe and happy now and no matter what we poor mortals think, she is much better off than any of us.

    All my condolences to the families of both sides of this horrible event.

  • G-man May 6, 2010

    Don't blame it on the courts and the jails. You want to solve this problem you have got to cut out the welfare programs.

  • simplemind2 May 6, 2010

    It's been reported that this guy - a.k.a. Burnette Taylor has a pretty long rap sheet. Hummm, why would any woman still fall for him is very troubling to say the least. Maybe she thought that he's a changed man when she met him. Just being a registered sex offender alone should have raised enough red-flag! Yet I guess some women never learn.

  • pulliambunch May 6, 2010

    You want answers to your questions just spend one day in the Durham Co. Court house and you will see all the fine upstanding citizens that represent our country!!

  • the genius May 6, 2010

    why are we still hearing about this? this should have been broadcast for only one day and thats it. whenever it is something negative they show it for a week or so but anything positive it is only shown like once. cmon lets get priorities straight!

  • Faceman May 5, 2010

    "What can we do to get the "D" out of RDU and anything else related that has Durham in it? One more sorry state of affairs in that city, i guess if it did not have Duke University inside the city limits we could just put up gun towers and fences around the city."

    Crime is just not in Durham MaddMaxx..its everywhere..Talk your smack about the person..not the city..the name Durham had nothing to do with the crime..it just happened there..it happens in Raliegh,Rocky Mount..ETC..put up walls and towers around your home so you will be safe

  • Wake1 May 5, 2010

    If the courts & jails would do what they are supposed to do & keep scum like this away from society, this woman would still be alive!!! He should have spent at LEAST 35 years in jail prior to this happening - he SHOULD NOT have been allowed to see the outside world befort that!! So sorry this poor woman had to pay for the mistakes of OTHERS!!!!!

  • celong May 5, 2010

    Women, quit choosing the wrong man. Better to be alone and live than to take a chance and die.

  • hdew2 May 5, 2010

    Well,same dance different stage. Another low life that should have been locked up and this poor woman had to die. Who let him out? I hope they can live with this!!!

  • Dark_Horse May 5, 2010

    Sidebar: Why is he wearing a tuxedo in a Dept. of Corrections photo?