Witness says four involved in Linwood Avenue incident

Jan. 15, 2014 @ 06:14 PM

Richard Lee Johnson and Anthony M. Dixon fought after shots were fired Tuesday morning, according to a man who called 911.

“There’s two guys over there now, on the side, fighting,” the caller told an operator. “They were shooting.”

Dixon, 33, later died at a local hospital of his injuries. Police charged Johnson, 36, with murder.

Durham’s emergency communications department on Wednesday released a recording of the call.

“I see some guys were shooting,” the man said. “One got shot.”

He told the operator that four people – all wearing hoodies – were involved in the confrontation on Linwood Avenue, just outside Lincoln Community Health Center.

“Four people in all with the one laying over there … right now,” he said. “Might need an ambulance.”

He said a black man in a fatigue jacket was walking up Linwood toward Spaulding Street.

The operator asked what the victim wore, but the caller said he couldn’t tell. “He’s laying down. I can’t see him. He’s behind a brick wall.”

On Wednesday, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said there’s been no indication that Dixon had a gun or that he exchanged fire with his attacker.

After the shooting, police said they were searching for two other suspects in connection with the case. Late Tuesday, they said the pair didn’t seem to have been involved in the shooting.

Michael said Wednesday, however, that the cause of the fight and the connection of the other two men to the incident are “still under investigation.”

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