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Man arrested in death of Durham store owner

Barry Wayne Kaalund is charged with murder in the death of Ronnie Sturdivant, owner of Urban Merchants, located at 605 West Chapel Hill St.

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DURHAM, N.C. — A 59-year-old man was arrested for the shooting death of a Durham store owner on Saturday afternoon, police said.

Barry Wayne Kaalund faces murder charges in the death of Ronnie Sturdivant, owner of Urban Merchants, at 605 West Chapel Hill St.

Officers responding to a call about gunshots around 4:30 p.m. found Sturdivant lying on the basement floor of his store. Sturdivant had been shot several times and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to call Investigator Nick Cloninger at 919-560-4440, ext. 245, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

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