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Witnesses shaken after Durham strip mall shootout

Posted June 7, 2014

— A shooting in a Durham strip mall on Avondale Drive Friday evening left witnesses shaken but thankful.

Tareka Alston was in a tobacco shop with her infant daughter when broken glass hit her arm.

"Before I walked out I was standing in front...I just felt glass hit my arm, and I'm like, 'Oh my God, somebody's shooting,' so I just pushed her to the back," Alston said.

Shaken after the incident, Alston is just glad her daughter is unharmed.

"If the glass hit my arm I can just imagine if they were standing at a different angle it could have hit my baby," she said.

One of the men involved in the shooting, Jacinto Barr, 33, was shot in the shoulder. He has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute heroin, according to the Durham County Sheriff's Department.

Witnesses said he and another man, Freddy Cheek, also 33, squared off across the parking lot and fired at least 19 shots at each other. Cheek was also arrested, although no charges have been released.

Investigators have not released any more information.


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  • James Scandrick Jun 9, 2014
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    I agree shootings shouldn't cause concern, it's like the shootings that occur at bars and night clubs in Raleigh. Just be there for the music, and carry on after the shootings.

  • Coach K is still GREAT Jun 9, 2014

    She was at a Tobacco shop... with ther baby... ok.
    Glad they were not injured!

  • A person Jun 9, 2014

    Hard to believe that someone in Durham is "shaken" by gun fire. that is like a cook being shaken by the fact that there is a stove in the kitchen. Gun fire in Durham is as common place as a stove in the kitchen

  • Itsmyopinion67 Jun 9, 2014

    Shootings are so rare in Durham. Glad to see everyone was okay.