According to local reports, Durham County prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against a man charged in a fatal March shooting at a local tire store.
O’Brian McNeil White, 24, of Durham, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon.
A gunman opened fire inside J.T. Tire, at 2202 E. Geer St., on March 23, killing store employee Naomi Wright, 65, and customer Abdelgadir Mergany Abdelganir, 32.
Store employee Terry Shaw, 51, and customer Javier Ramirez were critically wounded in the shooting.
According to reports, police have said evidence at the shooting scene links White to the crime. Friends and relatives of White maintain that police have arrested the wrong man they say officers picked White up simply because he has a tattoo on his face similar to one witnesses described on the gunman’s face.
J.T. Tire’s owner John Turner, who was injured during the shooting, 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.