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Trio in court after fatal shooting at Durham shopping center

Posted February 11, 2013

— Three men charged in a fatal shooting near Durham's Streets at Southpoint mall made their first court appearance Monday on charges of murder.

Monquell L. Davis, 19, of Lutz Lane, Deshario Tamaurious Mitchell, 18, of Marne Avenue, and Kadeem Rasheed Johnson, 18, of Umstead Street, were arrested Saturday afternoon after Brian Christopher Keys, 24, of Greensboro, was shot outside Moe's Southwest Grill in the Renaissance Center shopping center.

Davis also faces fleeing to elude arrest and felony hit-and-run resulting in injury charges.

Durham police said the shooting was not random but have declined to comment further on the case, including a possible motive or how Keys might have known the suspects.

According to court records, Mitchell was charged in October with a felony charge of possession with intent to sell and distribute marijuana and a prior conviction in misdemeanor simple affray.

Johnson, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, was convicted in December 2010 of a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon. He was given a suspended sentence and put on probation.

Davis, who authorities allege was the getaway driver, has no prior convictions.

Customers and employees at Renaissance Center Monday said that, although the shooting was unnerving, they don't feel uncomfortable because they realize it was an isolated crime and it was not random.

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"It's definitely concerning," said Scott Molnar, manager at Planet Beach Spa, just steps away from where the shooting occurred. "We always have to keep our eyes and ears open. It is a strange world these days, so we have to be prepared for anything."

Molnar said he has seen more security patrolling the shopping center since Saturday.

A spokeswoman for Renaissance Center on Monday declined to comment on the shopping center's security policies and procedures but said that the safety and well-being of customers and employees is a top priority.


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  • afrocine2 Feb 13, 2013


    I am a real American in every way. Please don't lump everyone in a pile to appease the peanut gallery. Our Freedom as a nation is secure, we can stop making that word an amorphous code word. Since 1812 our shores have never really been attacked. Notwithstanding some Nazi and Japanese potshots during WWII. Any and everything within reason you can do in this nation. The word we need to focus on is Responsibility, not Freedom,not values. As an American we are responsible for ouselves, our neigbors our community and our nation.

  • 82d Airborne Feb 13, 2013

    violent crime is down! what world are you living in?

    Obamas States of America!

    Where your Laawwd n savior has led you to imaginary water and will soon leave you to die of thirst as the entitlements recede..., who ever thought ignorance and lazyness would be the most useful and divisive tools for the democrat party...

    One of the most divisive things that this president has done was when he set flags at half mast for the death of a crack head singer, but not for a Navy Seal that gave his life to protect just that freedom that is so taken advantage of.... What do you expect real hard working Americans to read out of that? I read it as, if you love America you are no good, if you want to protect American values you are no good, smoke crack, be famous and support the lies and you will have a day set asside for you!
    As Hillary screams "What does it matter?" ... Dems.

  • birkie74693 Feb 13, 2013

    Afrocine says: "Now, should you Batcave, fear going to Chicago? I think not."

    I agree, Afrocine! I tell people all the time, Chicago is a GREAT city for a vacation. There are some fantastic restaurants, museums, some of the best live theatre outside of NYC, the aquarium, and VERY friendly locals. Chicago is a great place to visit!

  • doggypoos Feb 13, 2013

    This is the problem with these young guys. As you have seen the mothers allow and support these guys and behavior. That is the biggest problem in these communities. Let's hope the Judge will not slap them on the wrist this time and all three go to jail for at least 10 years each. If not they will do it again and again with support from their mommas.

  • emerald7575 Feb 12, 2013

    violent crime is down! what world are you living in?

  • afrocine2 Feb 12, 2013

    Chicago is a violent city. I wish it wasn't. The gang and just plain foolishness culture is very powerful in Chicago. Now, should you Batcave, fear going to Chicago? I think not. Your journey would be paved with gold, mine however, would be a different story. I would need to watch every step because the majority of the people you cite in your demographic look like me. I resemble both the perpertrator and the victim, you don't. I appreciate your concern for me though.

  • beaulahjackson4 Feb 12, 2013

    Thank goodness we have you to condescend upon us so that we rightly know our place, and the value of our opinionated, if limited, understanding.JohnDrescher""

    I certainly am capable of being able to mentally place myself in other's shoes to comprehend their actions. My comment was only directed at those that are incapable of such......do you feel guilty about something or perhaps you don't have the ability for empathy? My comment was just that.....a comment or my opinion if you will. It is not in my nature to be condescending.....it's amazing to me that you would read into my posting as that.

  • beaulahjackson4 Feb 12, 2013

    A disproportionate amount of violent crime commited by certain Demographics. Chicago for example.

    Hmmm...then how is it that we have a disproportionate amount of public mass shootings commited by a specific demographic ....and they aren't black. So, do you blame the specific race in most public mass shootings? Or do you simply blame the person(s)? You can't have it both ways.

  • That Explains It Feb 12, 2013

    Beaulah Jackson opines "I doubt very many people can step outside themselves for even a moment to place one's self in another’s shoes in an attempt to know the why."

    But you clearly believe you can, right Beaulah? Thank goodness we have you to condescend upon us so that we rightly know our place, and the value of our opinionated, if limited, understanding.

  • batcave Feb 12, 2013

    WHY not one's race.
    Simply not true on the grand scale. A disproportionate amount of violent crime commited by certain Demographics. Chicago for example.