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State money sought for reward in Durham tire store shooting

Posted March 29, 2012

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— The Durham County Sheriff's Office on Thursday asked Gov. Beverly Perdue to add $5,000 in state money to the reward being offered for information leading to an arrest in a fatal shooting last week at a Durham tire store.

Naomi Wright, 65, was at the front desk of J.T. Tire, at 2202 E. Geer St., last Friday afternoon when a man came in and started shooting, authorities said. Wright and Abdelgadir Mergany Abdelganir, 32, a cab driver who was at the shop to get a tire fixed, were both killed.

Store employee Terry Shaw, 51, and customer Javier Ramirez remain hospitalized with gunshot wounds.

Durham Crime Stoppers is already offering a reward of up to $1,500 in the case. A response to the appeal for state reward money is expected to take several weeks.

“I want to assure the public that our investigators are working hard to bring this case to a close,” Sheriff Michael Andrews said in a statement. “I also want to thank those people that have called in with information. Every tip is important, and I encourage people to continue calling the tip lines if they know something."

The gunman was described as a black man, about 6 feet tall, with a tattoo on the left side of his face. He was wearing a brightly colored T-shirt and reportedly fled the scene in a silver sedan.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the sheriff's office tip line at 919-560-0940 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

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  • toniclaytont Mar 30, 2012

    I am praying that Justice will be served in the J.T. Tire Store shooting. Whomever committed this crime has no respect for Human Life. You killed someone's daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, son, father, brother, cousin, friend and attempted to kill several more people. The devil is a LIAR. I pray everyday for the capture of this senseless, mindless, heartless walking individual. You don't deserve freedom. If it was more than one person involved in this senseless act I pray for your capture also. The family deserves closure and you or they (KILLERS) deserve TO ROT in prison for the rest of your natural life.

  • abbynork Mar 30, 2012

    Sounds like a hate crime to me. Call the revs!

  • casp3r Mar 30, 2012

    Let's raise taxes so we can offer more in rewards for people to do what is right..

    Why not turn the info for free? What a novel idea that would be.

  • not my real name Mar 30, 2012

    Someone knows this person and will totall rat him out for 5k. It's just a matter of time.

  • beachlvr0804 Mar 30, 2012

    Ib27608.......EXCELLENT POST!

  • lb27608 Mar 30, 2012

    "What is so different about the robbery and murder in this case that Durham Sheriff's office is asking tax payers to pay an additional 5,000.00 to arrest. The city has this behavior at least once a month and no additional funds are asked for."

    This is a county case, not a city case, so the request is at the discretion of the Sheriff's office. And no, people do not go into businesses once a month in Durham and randomly kill people - this case is much different than most, since it was not a drug deal gone bad, domestic violence, or some other situation where the murderer and victim knew each other.

  • eyeoneastsky Mar 29, 2012

    What a shame that people are too gutless to come forward with info that would solve the crime. That man did not just happen upon the tire store that fateful day. He had either lived in the neighborhood and had been in that store or somebody in that neighborhood told him he would find fertile hunting ground in that store. There are a whole slew of people who know who did it and I hope God punishes everyone of you OH SO SEVERLY!

  • Comfortably Numb Mar 29, 2012

    Could the tat on his face have been fake to throw the cops off?

  • NCHighlander Mar 29, 2012

    WRAL could you please find out from these politicians what the criteria will be for reward vs nonreward crimes. A political move made for the enjoyment of small minds.

  • zile1porkey Mar 29, 2012

    What is so different about the robbery and murder in this case that Durham Sheriff's office is asking tax payers to pay an additional 5,000.00 to arrest. The city has this behavior at least once a month and no additional funds are asked for.