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Durham County authorities look for links among shootings

Posted August 11, 2010

— Durham police were looking for possible connections Wednesday among a trio of shootings that left one person dead and two others injured.

The first incident took place in the parking lot of a Red Lobster restaurant, at 4416 Chapel Hill Blvd., at about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

Larry Donnell Timberlake, 52, of East Point, Ga., was shot several times. He died later at Duke University Hospital.

Minutes later, officers found Robert Terry, 30, of Durham, sitting inside a car in the parking lot of the AMF Durham Lanes bowling alley. He had a gunshot wound to the arm, police said.

Terry was taken to Duke University Hospital for treatment of injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.

"We are looking into the possibility that the shootings at Red Lobster and the bowling alley are connected," said police spokeswoman Kammie Michael. "We do not have suspects at this time. The victims do not know each other, to our knowledge. We are still trying to determine the circumstances of what happened.”

Durham Crime Durham investigates series of shootings

After midnight, Durham County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of shots fired at the Cook-Out at 3624 Hillsborough Road.

Not long afterward, they found an 18-year-old who had been shot in the head sitting in the passenger seat of a car at an Exxon on East Club Boulevard near Interstate 85, the sheriff’s office said.

Authorities believe the shooting victim, whose name was not released, had been among a group of young people at the Cook-Out.

Anyone with information about any of the shootings is asked to call the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4440, extension 29350, Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200 or the Durham County Sheriff’s Office at 919-560-0880.


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  • ncwiseguy Aug 12, 2010

    lizard talks about durham being ?best? i bet he has a conceal carry permit...........and a big one under his shirt. no messing with the lizard, he ll take you down!!!

  • lizard78 Aug 12, 2010

    I work in downtown Durham now. Best place I've ever worked. Nice building, restaurants, and the Durham YMCA. The Raleigh snobs can just stay in Raleigh. We don't miss you.

  • lizard78 Aug 12, 2010

    Why is Durham the only county that gets bashed when something happens. There are shootings in Wake County just as often. So many stuck up people.

  • Texan Aug 12, 2010

    I can't believe there's been no update since 1pm yesterday.

  • ncwiseguy Aug 11, 2010

    washington DC, durham, and atlanta...........all the same...............ridden with crime.

  • issymayake Aug 11, 2010

    Apparently folks haven't even attempted to venture downtown and see how building the DPAC has helped out downtown; all the way from Roxboro to the end of Brightleaf. It is more vibrant than ever. Let's not mention the revitalization of the area surrounding Duke hospital. I hope yall stay away from the upcoming Nordstrom Rack when it opens next month.

  • ncouterbanks69 Aug 11, 2010

    well davidvanwagener pretty much proved my point but apparently ncausncazconc is an exception. If you like dirty bars and unsafe streets then yes durham has educated you. I will do as you ask and stay out of durham. Of course I already do but we will pretend it is because of you. BTW....not all of us that know the bull(s) city for what it is live in Raleigh. There are other great clean safe towns in the triangle besides Raleigh.

  • ncausncazconc Aug 11, 2010

    ncouterbanks, I am from North Carolina and have never lived "up north". I grew up in Greensboro and Raleigh and used to have a very closed mind about Durham. Thankfully, in the late-90s, I began to explore the Bull City with an open mind and found a fantastic town. I am so glad I moved from Raleigh to Durham a couple of years ago and honestly have no desire to ever live in Raleigh again. So, rather than telling others to let someone "from here" educate them, why don't you either open your mind and educate yourself, or just stay out of my fair city.

  • davidvanwagener Aug 11, 2010

    I relocated here from DC. Now THAT is a place with crime, gun or otherwise. Durham's a much less fearful place. I LIKE Durham and actually go downtown. Never had a problem. That doesn't mean I won't, but saying someplace is violent doesn't make it so and comparing it to N.O. is complete nonsense.

  • ncouterbanks69 Aug 11, 2010

    The comparisons to New Orleans are pretty darn accurate except it doesn't smell quite as bad, but the crime is just as bad. If you are defending durham it is my guess you are from up north. Only towns in that part of the country could be considered worse than durham. Let someone who is actually from here educate you.....durham is nasty. It is filled with crime and has been that way at least since I was born. I only go to a Bulls game on occasion and to the museum of life and science (which surprisingly is really nice and you have to go in the daytime which makes it safer). The durham bulls have a great park, INSIDE the gates. It is clean and a nice place to take your family it just isn't worth the risk unless it is a daytime game. Try the Mudcats. A little "redneck" for you northerners but much more safe.