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Man wanted for questioning in fatal Carrboro shooting

Posted December 20, 2013

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— A convicted felon wanted in connection with a burglary in Burlington was shot dead outside a home in Carrboro early Friday.

Another man was also wounded in the incident, which happened shortly before 2 a.m. at 105 Wesley St.

Police said the case is not being considered a homicide.

"We have ruled out suicide, but the rest is on the table," Carrboro police Capt. Chris Atack said.

The dead man was identified as David Lee Goodman, 27, of Durham. According to state records, Goodman served five years and five months in prison on a felony robbery conviction. He was released in June and was later named as a suspect in a Nov. 21 robbery at a home in Burlington.

The unidentified man wounded in Friday's shooting was taken to UNC Hospitals and is expected to recover.

Atack said police are also searching for a man wanted for questioning. They do not have a description of him, but they believe he fled the area on foot.

Atack said the community is not in danger.

Sade Holman, a friend of the homeowner, told WRAL News that Goodman was shot and killed by the homeowner, who was defending himself during the commission of a robbery. She said the man in the hospital is the homeowner's brother, who also lived in the home. She said he was shot in the face.

Police have not confirmed that information. However, Holman's account is consistent with the 911 call.

A caller told 911 operators, "Somebody broke in the house and tried to rob us. They come in here with a gun, and they shot my brother."

Holman said the homeowner dated her aunt for several years. "He's got to protect himself and his brother and family that live in that house," she said. "He just defended his family."

Luke McKay, who lives nearby, said he was awakened by noise and the lights of a police car about 3 a.m. but ignored it.

"That actually happens a lot around here, so I just sort of rolled over and went to bed,"  McKay said.

When he woke up about 8:30 a.m., he saw an email from a neighbor about the shooting death.

"We've heard gunshots before, and police have been out in the middle of the night before, but this is sort of the biggest thing that has happened," McKay said. "It's certainly a tragedy. It's terrible."

The location of the home has a long history with the law. Carrboro police records show 52 complaints involving 105 Wesley St. since 2009. The complaints include weapons charges, assault, animal cruelty an and a death investigation in 2010.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call police at 919-918-7417 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515. Crime Stoppers pays cash for tips leading to an arrest, and callers can remain confidential.


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  • Euro American Dec 20, 2013

    Quote: "Goodman served five years and five months in prison on a felony robbery conviction." This is why homeowners should be armed and dangerous. The revolving jailhouse door.......

  • mafiamic Dec 20, 2013

    Justice is great, and it's appropriateness is lasting,it has not been disturbed since the time of the one who made it.Whereas there is punishment for one who passes over it's laws..The strength of justice is that it lasts.

    This is a nice neighborhood,the people are very friendly who live around here,they all have families and children for the most part who they do their best to protect....They may not have many material things but they have life and why would someone try to rob someone who doesn't have much to begin with????????????...Justice time.

  • censorbait Dec 20, 2013

    Better the criminal than the homeowner. If the homeowner had no gun he may or may not be alive today. It would have been totally up to the home invader as to whether he and his family lived or died. Me and many more folks prefer to have guns and thereby retain some say in the matter.

  • foodstamptrader Dec 20, 2013

    "I can't remember the last time someone was shot and killed in Carrboro..." - carrboroyouth

    My office is within 1 block of this address.

    The neighborhood across the tracks is a BAD area. This is a problem address, and well know to CPD. It is a crack house. There is a lot of violence in this isolated neighborhood. Hopefully gentrification and re-development will clean it up eventually, but as of now it is a place to stay away from.

    There is a childcare and community center nearby. I fear for those kids playing outside amidst all the violence and lowlifes wandering around...

  • HopeSomeoneHoldsYouTooOneDay Dec 20, 2013


  • Setnitst8 Dec 20, 2013

    All of you are way off. I'm very familiar with this area and it isn't the best part of town. Many of Disturbances have gone down at that address. WRAL look up 105 Wesley in the crime reports with CPD. You'll get 10 pages worth.

  • carrboroyouth Dec 20, 2013

    I can't remember the last time someone was shot and killed in Carrboro...

  • CaryEngineer Dec 20, 2013

    678devilish...really, that is what you got from this limited information?
    My interpretation would be someone broke into a home with intent to rob or do bodily harm and ended up getting themselves killed by an armed home owner. And you are suggesting that the home owner should not be allowed to have a gun in this situation because???
    I could be completely wrong based on the limited facts, do you know more about this situation you would care to share?

  • TruckCommander Dec 20, 2013


    Guns don't kill people, I have many guns none of which have turned on me yet. Stop watching so much MSNBC and get a clue, there is evil in the world and when someone has the intent to harm or kill another they will attempt to do so. It has nothing to do with guns.

  • wshski Dec 20, 2013

    Selcouth, you're absolutely right.