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Texas man faces more charges in Durham shooting

Posted August 16, 2011

— A Texas man accused of killing a Pennsylvania high school football player in Durham in June was indicted Monday on several more charges in the case.

A Durham County grand jury indicted Gabriel James Gamez on five counts of attempted murder and four counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. He already faced one count each of murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Police say Gamez, 22, of San Antonio, was visiting Durham on June 23 for a family funeral when he got in an altercation with members of a football team visiting on a recruiting trip.

He is accused of shooting Darrell Turner, 18, and Thomas Woodson, 15, in a parking lot in the 5300 block of McFarland Drive. Turner died at Duke University Hospital, while Woodson was shot in the leg.

Police said Gamez shot into a group of people, and the new charges represented victims who weren't wounded.

Gamez is being held in the Durham County jail under a $1 million bond.


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  • crystalhunter2001 Aug 17, 2011

    It was not self defense. Some of you need to pick up a newspaper every now and again. Gamez got upset because the boys were throwing empty peanut shells on the ground and he thought it very disrespectful. He made a comment to one of them but, the boys had no idea he was speaking to them. Then when they realized he was talking them the exchange of words began. -Courtesy of the N&O

  • slimgirl04 Aug 17, 2011

    The only reason some of you are saying it was self defense is because he is white and they where black, I forgot there are no crazy white boys..and so what if they had words there was no physical altercation and Im sure those boys knew the effects that a physical altercation would have on there whole reason for them being there in the first place "Football".

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 16, 2011

    Yep, some comment are right on. We all know those boys would of never talked trash, called out insults and threats. Against one guy by his self.

  • Texan Aug 16, 2011

    Good post, Dale!

  • slappywhite Aug 16, 2011

    self defense

  • Dale Aug 16, 2011

    The sad part about all of this, there are those who feel like he was just in shooting and killing that teenager. The part that everyone is missing, those kids weren't out alone, they were being chaperone. Instead of this man, leaving/walking away or even calling 911 he chose to pull a gun out and start shooting. But like some have said in the past, they would have done the exact same thing. We don't even know ALL the details, but because it happened in Durham, than it seems to be okay with some for his actions to be justified. Regardless, he shot and killed an unarmed football player and he should be head accountable for his actions..

  • twc Aug 16, 2011

    There won't be justice here. He is his only witness. I'm sure he'll be made to look like he started it.

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 16, 2011

    The additional charges aren't nothing compared to the orginal charges. Waste of time. However I agree with Ol Forrester, that this now may have something the defense attorney can us. It does look like a gang of them intimidated him. With his presence state of mind over losing a love one, he was pushed to his limit.

  • Mark Hayes Aug 16, 2011

    The truth has a strange way of coming out when Durham is involved.

  • Ol Forrester Aug 16, 2011

    Whoa, this is the first I heard of there being a group of young men. I thought it was just two and he over-reacted. Now it sounds like his attorney will make a case that Gamez thought he was facing a gang.