Durham clerk charged in store shooting

May 4, 2012 8:34:14 AM PDT
Police say there is no evidence there was an attempted robbery in progress when a convenience store clerk allegedly started shooting Monday evening - hitting a man in the leg.

It happened at the University Market in the 1100 block of Chapel Hill Street.

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Detectives said it appeared there was some kind of argument between the clerk and a customer that led to the gunfire.

The clerk - Alaael Ahmed El Hamalawi, 52, of Durham - was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and discharging a firearm in the city limits. He was released from jail after posting a $75,000 bond.

The man who was shot - John Reid Jr., 55, of Durham - was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. He faces charges of communicating threats and injury to property.

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