Fatal shots rattle normally quiet Carrboro
A man was shot dead at a house in Carrboro early Friday, a rarity for the quirky little community on the outskirts of Chapel Hill.
David Lee Goodman, a 27-year-old convicted felon from Durham, apparently was involved in a break-in and attempted armed robbery just before 2 a.m. when the homeowner shot and killed him.
Another man was shot, believed to be a relative of someone who lives in the house, but his injuries were described as non-life threatening by Carrboro Police Capt. Chris Atack.
Investigators sought a man who was thought to have been with Goodman during the robbery attempt, but he remained at large late Friday.
It was the first fatal shooting in the town limits since 2008. That incident also involved someone shot after an armed intrusion. The last reported criminal homicide in Carrboro was in 1999, officials said. That’s a stark contrast with Goodman’s hometown of Durham, which has seen three homicides this week alone.
“I was sorry to hear about this shooting that happened early this morning in Carrboro,” said Lydia Lavelle, the town’s newly elected mayor. “I understand that our Police Department is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr. Goodman.”
Goodman, whose nickname in state prison records was listed as “Loc,” had been wanted for a robbery and car theft committed in Burlington last month. He had served prison time for robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Police records show that during the past four years, the house at 105 Wesley St. has seen frequent visits for calls ranging from drug investigations and domestic disputes to animal cruelty and firearms violations.
Just a month ago, police responded to a call about assault inflicting serious injury, discharging a firearm and assault by pointing a gun.
On Friday afternoon, while police investigators searched the house for evidence, an animal control officer wrangled a dark-furred pit bull from the fenced yard behind the house.
Town Alderwoman Jacquie Gist said that she was impressed by the way the town manager and Police Department were managing the incident. However, the circumstances saddened her.
“I think any time a human life is lost, it is jarring and sad,” she said. “When the victim is committing a crime, that’s also pretty horrible and sad that person’s life had reached that point.”
She seemed hopeful that this would prove to be an isolated occurrence, but “I think as long as guns are as plentiful and easy to access as they are in our society, particularly in North Carolina, there’s no place that’s immune to gun violence.”
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