Bystanders tried to help dying driver
A crowd gathered around the Nissan Altima near the Exxon station at Main Street and Alston Avenue on Tuesday.
“He’s still breathing,” a man told a Durham 911 operator about 5:58 p.m.
The man behind the wheel of the wrecked car, Abdur Rasheed Ali Muslim II, had been shot in the chest and back, the caller said.
A woman got on the phone, saying, “There’s no pulse.” She told those around her that they had to get Muslim, 26, out of the car to start chest compressions.
“He’s dying,” the woman said. “We’ve got to open this door.”
Another man in the background said: “Lord, help him, Lord.”
Just a few minutes earlier, a girl called 911 to report that she heard as many as five shots fired.
“I heard gunshots, probably a couple of blocks away, maybe north of me,” she said.
As the crowd gathered around Muslim’s car, a man called 911 from the Exxon station.
“There’s a bunch of people standing around, trying to help,” the caller said.
The Altima’s hood was already up when it struck a parked vehicle at the gas station, he said.
The driver remained in the vehicle. It looked to the caller like some in the crowd were trying to pull Muslim from the Nissan.
“Don’t look like they’re having any luck,” the caller said.
The operator asked if anyone was thrown from the vehicle when it crashed.
“I didn’t see anyone come out of the vehicle,” the caller replied.
On Wednesday, Durham police continued to investigate the incident, which they said did not appear to be random. Muslim was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Investigators believe Muslim may have been shot during an argument with another person,” said Kammie Michael, police spokeswoman.
No charges had been filed late Wednesday. No suspect information had been released.
Investigators seek information about Muslim’s whereabouts on Tuesday in the hours leading up to the shooting.
According to North Carolina prison records, Muslim spent more than two years in prison for robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator J. Barr at 919-560-4440, ext. 29325, or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.
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