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Woman killed at Duke clinic was shot six times

Posted June 8, 2010 3:59 p.m. EDT

— The Duke University Health System clinic employee killed last month in an attack by a former boyfriend was shot six times, an autopsy report released Tuesday shows.

Charlene King, 49, was working as a phlebotomist at the North Duke Street Clinic, at 3116 N. Duke St., when the shooter, entered the clinic, shot her and then fled.

Police chased the gunman, Burnette Taylor, exchanged fire with him near the corner of Broad and Carver streets and killed him.

Taylor, 52, died at Duke University Hospital a few hours later, a family member said.

King’s autopsy shows she had wounds to her chest, stomach, back and buttocks. The damage from those wounds to her lungs and heart killed her, the medical examiner concluded.

King’s stepson said she had ended a year-long relationship with Taylor before the attack. She had worked at the Duke clinic for more than 20 years, he said.