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1 killed, 1 injured in Durham convenience store robbery

Posted April 28, 2016

Police on Wednesday night were investigating a homicide after an armed robbery at a Durham convenience store.

— Police on Wednesday night were investigating their 16th homicide of the year after an armed robbery at a Durham convenience store.

A man identified as Nafez Jalal, 57, of Durham, was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound at the Fast Food Mart at 2106 Broad Street, officials said. Hassan Jolale, a 48-year-old Durham man, sustained a gunshot wound was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The owner of the store, Hakeem Saleh, said he found out about the shooting around 3 a.m. and came to the store. Both of the employees shot, Saleh said, have family in the area.

"They have wife, they have kids," Saleh said. "Both make a living for their family. We always told them if somebody get robbed, to give money and not to be at risk."

Saleh said before leaving the store, the robber fired another shot at Jolale, but missed.

"When he shot (Jolale) the bullet came between his legs. It didn't hurt him, but the first one got him, got his leg," Saleh said. "He was lucky he didn't die from the second one."

The robber then left the store, but came back after realizing he had left fingerprints on the door. Saleh said he wiped down the door and then left again.

Jalal's death is part of Durham's most recent rash of crime. It follows another from late last year which prompted police to arrest 19 people they felt were responsible for most of the city's violent crime. Police Chief Larry Smith said though many people were arrested, crime persists.

"It's just frustrating at times to put everything you got into something and it doesn't seem to slow down," he said. "I am convinced there are a lot of people out there that know things."

Smith said he wants people to speak up, adding the criminals his department is dealing with are different than anything he has seen in his 28-year career.

"I am surprised by two things. How young they are and how willing they are to pick up a gun and start shooting," he said. "No matter who is around, and who is in harm's way."

No suspects in connection with Wednesday's shooting are in custody.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200 or Investigator J.P. Mitchell at 919-560-4440.


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  • Doug Smallen Apr 28, 2016
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    Advocating the deaths of innocent Black children by the other blacks would bring too much attention to the real Problems of the Black community, we can't have that!

  • Tron Carter Apr 28, 2016
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    So if it's going to turn into a shootout anyway (see article), it would make sense to carry and give yourself a fighting chance, no?

  • Keith Phillips Apr 28, 2016
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    Tripp - Lance's message was pretty clear. I may or may not agree with him, but: I don't believe Lance- or anyone else- needs your condescending (and patronizing) "informative" advice. Let me give YOU some advice: Everyone has a right to their own opinion.

  • Lance Cotten Apr 28, 2016
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    Hey Tripp, of course I know what the "reason" Black lives matter started. When The point is these perp's are creating the problem and ALL LIVES do matter, even if it's not when a police officer is involved.. This comment about this in my original post was mentioned as a side note... Clerks who work in stores in these areas should arm themselves... because these "T"'s chose to shoot and apparently unarmed man!

  • Tripp Weiland Apr 28, 2016
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    Lance you do realize the Black Lives Matter movement was a response to black people being differently than white people by the police. It was not intended to respond to every incident of violence.
    Try not to conflate issues that are unrelated it distracts from the point of your comment which appears to be the clerks should have guns and turn every attempted robbery into the shootout at the OK Corral.

  • Lance Cotten Apr 28, 2016
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    Yet another shooting/murder in Durham. These store owners need to start carrying and shooting back at these street "T"s... this is terrible but it's nothing new and as mentioned before the new chief will have her hands full.... ALL lives matter... let's see if Rev Barber shows up for this family...