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2 Killed, 2 Wounded in N.C. Tire Store Shooting

March 26, 2012
A customer and an employee were killed and two others wounded Friday afternoon when a gunman opened fire at a tire dealership in East Durham, N.C.
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A customer and an employee were killed and two others wounded Friday afternoon when a gunman opened fire at a tire dealership in East Durham, N.C.
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A fifth person – the store’s owner, John Turner – injured his head when he sought cover as the man fired shots about 3 p.m. inside and outside JT Tire, according to local reports.

Sheriff's investigators confirmed the identities of the two victims killed as employee Naomi Turner Wright, 65, and Abdelgadir Mergany Abdelganir, 32, who deputies confirm was a taxi driver. The two wounded people, who have not been identified, were taken to area hospitals.

Deputies from the Durham County Sheriff’s Office have not determined a motive for the shootings and are still seeking a suspect. They have described the shooter as a six-foot-tall black male wearing a bright colored T-shirt and with a tattoo on the left side of his face and said he left the shop in a silver sedan. No arrests have been made.

“We never thought something like this would happen out here,” Michael Turner, whose wife is the daughter of store owner John Turner, told the Durham Herald Sun. John Turner, who is in his late 60s, was not shot, but injured his head during the shootings. He was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Michael Turner said he had “no idea” why someone would want to hurt anyone at the store.

The paper reported that John Turner bought the property when it was a grocery store. He converted it into a tire dealership 28 years ago, creating one of the first used-tire businesses in Durham.