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Goldsboro Police Say Shooting Not a Trend

Posted October 13, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Four people are recovering from injuries after a shootout Sunday in Goldsboro. Police say what started as an argument escalated to murder, but they do not believe the violence indicates a trend.

The shootout that killed one man and wounded four others happened in the parking lot at "El Mexi Lindo", a popular hangout for Latino immigrants. Until now, the nightspot hadn't even caught the attention of neighbors .

Vicky Burnette works near the nightclub. She says she's never been aware of trouble there.

Police say the incident started as an argument after two men from different countries bumped into each other. Seconds later, they say, bullets were flying, along with rumors of tension between Mexican and Honduran-Americans.

But police say that simply isn't true. In fact, according to Goldsboro Police Major J.M. Warrick, the only other murder in that building happened more three years ago.

Scott Boyette also works nearby. He says it's a peaceful area.

Violent crime in Goldsboro, police say, has decreased dramatically. So far this year, the murder rate is less than half of what it is in a typical year and that that's one reason murders like this in otherwise invisible buildings attract so much attention.