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Man killed in Durham after shooting, crash

Posted May 13, 2014 7:02 p.m. EDT
Updated May 14, 2014 12:00 p.m. EDT

— A 26-year-old man shot Tuesday evening was pronounced dead after crashing his vehicle at a gas station.

Two men who appeared to have known each other were arguing when one shot the other, Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said. Abdur Rasheed Ali Muslim II got into his vehicle and tried to drive away, but his car hit a light pole before crashing at a gas station near the intersection of Main Street and Alston Avenue, Lopez said.

“At this point, we know there are a lot of people who've seen what went on,” he said. “This street is generally full, and we're hoping people come forward with what they saw.”

Johnny Nyberg was walking out of the Durham Rescue Mission when he heard two to three gunshots, then saw Muslim's vehicle hit the pole before crashing.

“I ran out there and saw there was a bullet wound in his back, tried to open the door and it was locked,” he said. “I went around to the passenger side, opened that door, saw he was having trouble breathing and then he stopped breathing completely. I checked for a pulse, and there was no pulse."

Nyberg and a nurse pulled Muslim out of the vehicle and performed CPR on him until paramedics arrived.

"If I was in the same predicament, I would just hope someone would do the same for me," he said.

Investigators have not released any suspect information, but they are asking anyone who knew about Muslim's whereabouts Tuesday afternoon to call Durham police at 919-560-4440 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. 

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