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Trio in court after fatal shooting at Durham shopping center

Posted February 11, 2013 5:07 p.m. EST
Updated February 11, 2013 6:38 p.m. EST

— Three men charged in a fatal shooting near Durham's Streets at Southpoint mall made their first court appearance Monday on charges of murder.

Monquell L. Davis, 19, of Lutz Lane, Deshario Tamaurious Mitchell, 18, of Marne Avenue, and Kadeem Rasheed Johnson, 18, of Umstead Street, were arrested Saturday afternoon after Brian Christopher Keys, 24, of Greensboro, was shot outside Moe's Southwest Grill in the Renaissance Center shopping center.

Davis also faces fleeing to elude arrest and felony hit-and-run resulting in injury charges.

Durham police said the shooting was not random but have declined to comment further on the case, including a possible motive or how Keys might have known the suspects.

According to court records, Mitchell was charged in October with a felony charge of possession with intent to sell and distribute marijuana and a prior conviction in misdemeanor simple affray.

Johnson, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, was convicted in December 2010 of a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon. He was given a suspended sentence and put on probation.

Davis, who authorities allege was the getaway driver, has no prior convictions.

Customers and employees at Renaissance Center Monday said that, although the shooting was unnerving, they don't feel uncomfortable because they realize it was an isolated crime and it was not random.

"It's definitely concerning," said Scott Molnar, manager at Planet Beach Spa, just steps away from where the shooting occurred. "We always have to keep our eyes and ears open. It is a strange world these days, so we have to be prepared for anything."

Molnar said he has seen more security patrolling the shopping center since Saturday.

A spokeswoman for Renaissance Center on Monday declined to comment on the shopping center's security policies and procedures but said that the safety and well-being of customers and employees is a top priority.