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Durham police describe possible suspects in shootings

Posted August 12, 2010

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— Durham police released descriptions Thursday of two possible suspects in a series of shootings that left one person dead and two others injured on Tuesday night.

Police are looking for two young, black men who may have been traveling in a gold or light-colored van with an older man. They released surveillance images of the van.

The first suspect is described as tall and thin with a light complexion and a tattoo on his neck. He was wearing red shorts, a white shirt and a white do-rag. The second suspect had a darker complexion and cornrows, police said. He was wearing black shorts and a black shirt with some kind of logo on the front.

Larry Donnell Timberlake, 52, of East Point, Ga., died and Robert Terry, 30, of Durham, was shot in the arm Tuesday just before 10 p.m., police said. Both incidents happened in the southwest part of Durham off U.S. highways 15 and 501, Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard.

A third person, 17-year-old Torian Thonton, was found at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday by Durham County sheriff's deputies. He had a gunshot wound to the head and was sitting in a car at an Exxon on East Club Boulevard near Interstate 85. Friends took Thornton to a local hospital but he died Thursday.

Police said Wednesday they were looking into whether the shootings were connected.

“The victims do not know each other, to our knowledge. We are still trying to determine the circumstances of what happened,” said police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.

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

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  • outback1967 Aug 13, 2010

    How many successful people do you know that have cornrows and wear do-rags?
    Click to view my profile DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT

    I agree with you 1000 %

  • hardwork919 Aug 13, 2010

    "I agree it has to do with parenting. And I will agree there are 'exceptions' to any rule. But, I will say the example you give of yourself is more the exception than the rule." DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT

    It has more to do with the person leading to the action than the action influencing the person... i.e. "I'm a gangster so I got a tattoo" and not "I have a tattoo so I'm going to be a gangster now..."

    In any event, these descriptions are worthless... LOL... especially in Durham...

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Aug 13, 2010

    hardwork919: "...it has less to do with appearance and a lot more to do with parenting, attitude and choices..."

    I agree it has to do with parenting. And I will agree there are 'exceptions' to any rule. But, I will say the example you give of yourself is more the exception than the rule.

  • hardwork919 Aug 13, 2010

    "On another note... As parents, there are certain things you should keep your children from doing. Mainly because its a sign they are hanging out with the wrong people. Things like tattoos, very long hair, staying out late at night, etc. I would now add to that list having cornrows and wearing a do-rag. How many successful people do you know that have cornrows and wear do-rags?" DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT

    I have tattoos, stayed out late and wear do-rags... I very easily could have had cornrows but choose to keep my cut short... I am successful... and there are many others like me who are as well... it has less to do with appearance and a lot more to do with parenting, attitude and choices...

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Aug 13, 2010

    That was funny. Two young black males. One with cornrows and one with a do-rag. Should be easy to find in Durham.

    On another note... As parents, there are certain things you should keep your children from doing. Mainly because its a sign they are hanging out with the wrong people. Things like tattoos, very long hair, staying out late at night, etc. I would now add to that list having cornrows and wearing a do-rag. How many successful people do you know that have cornrows and wear do-rags?

  • TRivers Aug 12, 2010

    They just copy and paste the suspect descriptions from story to story. Can I say that?

  • BullsEye Aug 12, 2010

    That should narrow it down

  • yankee1 Aug 12, 2010

    C'mon folks, no profiling. The story can't possibly be true. It's so out of character.

  • tommys5 Aug 12, 2010

    stephyruns I think I saw him 22 times in Durham yesterday and 18 times in Raleigh today. I'm going to Rocky Mount /Wilson tommorow , I will keep a look out there.

  • ncguy Aug 12, 2010

    Yep a soccer mom did it.

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