Man shot to death outside convenience store

Jan. 10, 2013 @ 05:25 PM

A man died after he was shot repeatedly about midnight Thursday outside a convenience store on University Drive, and police are seeking the shooter or shooters.

The man, whose identity was not released by police, was shot at the Town & Country store at 3101 University Drive near Hope Valley Elementary School.

Police said the man was not an employee, and appeared to have been shot outside the store. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A store employee said the man was shot multiple times in the face. He said the victim had been inside the store, then stepped outside, where he was shot. The man then stumbled back into the store and collapsed on the floor beside an ice cream case, he said.

It was unclear if more than one shooter was involved. The gunfire left bullet holes in a wall and blew out a glass door.

A car with an out-of-state license plate reportedly was parked in the store’s lot at the time of the shooting.

Later in the day, an employee swept up shards of glass – some caked with blood – in the parking lot. A glass repair truck pulled up, and workers prepared to replace the door glass while the store was closed.

Store employees said they awaiting word from the owner about when the store would reopen.

Meanwhile, a longtime resident of the neighborhood was having breakfast when he learned of the slaying from a reporter.

“Well, I’m not surprised,” 85-year-old R.S. Herndon said. “Things have changed so much around here in the last few years. They just ain’t the same as they used to be, and I’ve been living here for 60 years.”

Herndon, who lives on nearby Mossdale Avenue, said the neighborhood’s appearance has deteriorated.

“We ain’t had too much crime around here – but just look around,” he said. “I think we’ve been pretty lucky on crime around this side of town. But the neighborhood has gone down – it’s run-down.”

Thursday’s slaying was the second homicide in Durham this year. On New Year’s Day, 33-year-old Kinta Lamont Newman was shot about 3 a.m. while he was outside in the 200 block of Cecil Street, and later died at the hospital. No arrest has been made.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards, and callers never have to identify themselves.