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Durham County authorities look for links among shootings

Posted August 11, 2010 5:22 a.m. EDT
Updated August 11, 2010 1:11 p.m. EDT

— Durham police were looking for possible connections Wednesday among a trio of shootings that left one person dead and two others injured.

The first incident took place in the parking lot of a Red Lobster restaurant, at 4416 Chapel Hill Blvd., at about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

Larry Donnell Timberlake, 52, of East Point, Ga., was shot several times. He died later at Duke University Hospital.

Minutes later, officers found Robert Terry, 30, of Durham, sitting inside a car in the parking lot of the AMF Durham Lanes bowling alley. He had a gunshot wound to the arm, police said.

Terry was taken to Duke University Hospital for treatment of injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.

"We are looking into the possibility that the shootings at Red Lobster and the bowling alley are connected," said police spokeswoman Kammie Michael. "We do not have suspects at this time. The victims do not know each other, to our knowledge. We are still trying to determine the circumstances of what happened.”

After midnight, Durham County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of shots fired at the Cook-Out at 3624 Hillsborough Road.

Not long afterward, they found an 18-year-old who had been shot in the head sitting in the passenger seat of a car at an Exxon on East Club Boulevard near Interstate 85, the sheriff’s office said.

Authorities believe the shooting victim, whose name was not released, had been among a group of young people at the Cook-Out.

Anyone with information about any of the shootings is asked to call the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4440, extension 29350, Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200 or the Durham County Sheriff’s Office at 919-560-0880.