Suspect charged in fatal Durham motel shooting

Christopher Antwan Ward Jr., 27 (image courtesy Durham police)

Durham police said they have charged a suspect in the fatal shooting November 27 at a motel along Highway 55 in Durham.

Officers responded to the Crossland Economy Studios just before 8 p.m. and found a man shot to death inside one of the rooms on the third floor.

Police charged Christopher Antwan Ward Jr., 27, of Durham with murder.

Authorities identified the victim as George Beamon, 50, of Raleigh.

Police said the shooting does not appear to be random. Ward was injured during the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator J. Barr at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29325 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.
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