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Man killed in Durham after shooting, crash

Posted May 13, 2014
Updated May 14, 2014

— A 26-year-old man shot Tuesday evening was pronounced dead after crashing his vehicle at a gas station.

Two men who appeared to have known each other were arguing when one shot the other, Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said. Abdur Rasheed Ali Muslim II got into his vehicle and tried to drive away, but his car hit a light pole before crashing at a gas station near the intersection of Main Street and Alston Avenue, Lopez said.

“At this point, we know there are a lot of people who've seen what went on,” he said. “This street is generally full, and we're hoping people come forward with what they saw.”

Johnny Nyberg was walking out of the Durham Rescue Mission when he heard two to three gunshots, then saw Muslim's vehicle hit the pole before crashing.

“I ran out there and saw there was a bullet wound in his back, tried to open the door and it was locked,” he said. “I went around to the passenger side, opened that door, saw he was having trouble breathing and then he stopped breathing completely. I checked for a pulse, and there was no pulse."

Nyberg and a nurse pulled Muslim out of the vehicle and performed CPR on him until paramedics arrived.

"If I was in the same predicament, I would just hope someone would do the same for me," he said.

Investigators have not released any suspect information, but they are asking anyone who knew about Muslim's whereabouts Tuesday afternoon to call Durham police at 919-560-4440 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. 

Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.


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  • iron fist May 14, 2014

    Guns are not the problem, The criminals are the problem they have no respect for themselves or anyone or anything. Most but not all the issues start at home. Lack of discipline and uncaring or lack parent involvement.

  • Randy Smith May 14, 2014
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    Spot on!!!

  • lopo May 14, 2014

    Really don't think it's guns, countries that have banned guns have violent crimes. It more on the culture that we are raising, single parents, a society that feels they are entitled to everything and a gonernment that pick and chooses what laws to enforce.

  • Richard Hertz May 14, 2014
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    What needs to be off the street is the people that have such little regard for other people. For the millionth time guns DON'T kill people, PEOPLE kill people.

  • disgusted2010 May 14, 2014

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    Have to love the nanny staters, just because low life criminals misuse something they don't like they want to ban it for everyone. Thank goodness we have a constitution to keep the anarchists in check.

  • disgusted2010 May 14, 2014

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    Why can't you bring yourself to blame people for their actions? The gun is merely a tool. If you don't like the tool, don't buy one.

  • Lorna Schuler May 14, 2014
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    That doesn't fit the agenda.... you know, disarm all law abiding citizens (as if criminals will voluntarily give up their guns...NOT). Then give criminals even more coddling and make excuses for them. Anarchy will reign.

  • Lightfoot3 May 14, 2014

    "Something has to be done to get these guns off the streets and out of the hands of civilians" - Obamacare returns again

    Why don't you focus on the CRIMINALS first.

  • 68_dodge_polara May 14, 2014

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    Ya! Enough with the Constitution and human rights! This the the 21st century aren't we beyond that freedom garbage by now? Move on!

  • 68_dodge_polara May 14, 2014

    Bad part of town.

    Another day, another victim of a criminal who likely rotates on and out of the system. Thank goodness we still have the right to defend ourselves against such predators.