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Durham Man Arrested For Murder; Police Seek Second Suspect

Posted July 23, 2004 9:43 a.m. EDT

— Police investigators have arrested one of two men charged with murder in the July 16 shooting death of Juante Lamar Gooch.

Durham police say Lamario Gibson, 23, of 403 North Elizabeth St. was arrested without incident early Friday morning in the 2400 block of Fayetteville St.

Investigators are still looking for Paul Scott, 26, of 2905 Mansfield Ave.

Both men are charged with murder, first-degree kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection with Gooch's death.

Officers responded to a possible break-in in progress call in the 1500 block of Fairfax Road at 10:42 p.m. on July 16. When they arrived, they found Gooch, 26, of South Briggs Avenue lying in the yard with a gunshot wound to his left side.

Investigators believe Gooch had been carjacked from a carwash at the intersection of Holloway and Raynor streets around 10:30 p.m. and then driven to Fairfax Road, where he was thrown out of the vehicle. He was shot somewhere between the carwash and Fairfax Road, which is off Cheek Road. Investigators believe the slaying was drug-related.

The car Gooch was driving -- a 1995 white Lexus with 22-inch rims and North Carolina license STL-5821 -- has not been recovered. A Gucci scarf and a ball cap with several baseball team logos on it were hanging from the car's rearview mirror.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Scott or who has seen the Lexus is asked to call Durham police at (919) 560-4440 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200.

CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases. Callers do not have to give their names.