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Durham man indicted in double fatal shooting at NCCU parking lot

Posted October 26, 2021 7:59 p.m. EDT
Updated October 27, 2021 12:48 a.m. EDT

— A Durham man already in jail is being indicted for his involvement in a fatal double shooting at North Carolina Central University from September.

Two people died in the shooting on the NCCU campus on Saturday, Sept. 18.

True bills of Indictment have been issued against 19-year-old Dezmond Harper for the shooting deaths of Shamori Brown and Tavis Rhodes. Harper is currently in Wake County Jail on charges related to another fatal shooting from Sept. 7.

Harper is also charged with murder in Wake County for his role in that shooting.

Brown was 21 years old and Rhodes was 20. Both graduated from Hillside High School.

Campus police sent an alert to the NC Central community after a report of shots fired at a parking lot adjacent to Latham Parking Deck on East Lawson Street. The men were injured and later died in the hospital.

The shooting did not involve NCCU students.

More than 5,600 attendees at the NCCU football game were placed on lockdown in the nearby O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium when the shooting happened. Surrounding roads were closed to traffic, as police actively searched for the shooter or shooters.

"Thanks to the well-trained, quick acting NCCU Police Department, no members of the NCCU community or its guests were impacted by this tragedy," university officials said in a statement.

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