Durham police investigate after man shot and killed near Cook Out

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Wednesday, August 31, 2022
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Durham Police are investigating after a man was shot and killed Tuesday evening behind the Cook Out on Hillsborough Road.

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- Durham Police are investigating after a man was shot and killed Tuesday evening.

Officers responded to a shooting call just after 6:15 p.m. in the 3600 block of Hillsborough Road.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was apparently shot behind the Cook Out and staggered into a tobacco and vape store nearby before collapsing, witnesses said.

Toby Durham of Durham's Auto Mart said a car rolled into a sign in his parking lot. He said a worker who was trimming his hedges heard two pops and heard a girl scream

"He saw a couple of people running around. He knew something was wrong but didn't know what," Durham said. "Ten minutes later, cops were flying in from everywhere."

Durham said another shooting happened across the street last year.

"6:15 in the afternoon for something like this to happen is ridiculous. There's no respect for life," Durham said. "It's a good little community. Trying to stay tight. Got each other's backs if something happens, we do look at footage and share footage."

Surveillance footage from Durham's business captured the incident. It showed a man standing in the parking lot and then shots fly from the car as the man walked up to it. Footage then shows the victim running toward stores in the shopping center.

Police said the shooting did not appear to be random.

The case remains under active investigation.

Hours after the shooting happened, detectives continued to comb the parking lot behind the Cook Out and in front of Strawbridge Studios.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator J. Sokal at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29238 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.