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Man Arrested in N.C. Tire Store Murders

April 02, 2012
A Durham, N.C., man was arrested March 30, one week after he allegedly killed two people during a robbery at a local tire dealership.
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A Durham, N.C., man was arrested March 30, one week after he allegedly killed two people during a robbery at a local tire dealership.
OBrian McNeil White


OBrian McNeil White, 24, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to inflict serious injury. White also was accused of pistol-whipping John Turner, owner of J.T. Tire, and allegedly made off with some $3,000 in cash.

White is to be arraigned today in Durham County District Court.

However, Turner told local media that he didn’t think White acted alone. The local sheriff’s office said others may have been involved and that its investigation continues. “I think that there were more people involved,” Turner told local media. “The whole thing was orchestrated. He didn’t do it by himself.”

Killed in the incident were Naomi Turner Wright, 65, a store employee and a cousin of the owner; and Abdelgadir Mergany Abdelganir, 32, a local cab driver and regular customer. Terry Shaw, a store employee, and customer Javier Ramirez, both of Durham, were wounded.

Both Shaw and Ramirez were shot in the face, and were reported to be in stable condition at Duke University Hospital.

According to police, White became the focus of the investigation after he was arrested March 27 on unrelated weapons charges. Firearms seized by Durham police were tested at the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation forensics lab, and were tagged as being connected with the crime.