Second shooting suspect arrested

He faces murder charge in Durham

Staff WriterJuly 12, 2006 

— The fugitive second suspect in a shooting that left one teen dead and three other young men injured turned himself in to police early Tuesday.

Six days after late-afternoon gunfire struck the victims as they gathered on the front porch of a home just northeast of downtown, Darien Taylor, 20, was charged with murder and three counts of felony assault, police said.

Taylor, of 2519 S. Roxboro St., surrendered at Durham police headquarters about 3:45 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

He was scheduled to make his first court appearance this morning.

Justin Lamont Perry, 18, of Kittrell in Vance County is also in the Durham County jail on murder and assault charges in the shooting.

Perry turned himself in to police the day after the July 5 shooting and was denied bail by a District Court judge.

Police say that Taylor and Perry walked up to a home at 610 Gray Ave. about 5:45 p.m. last Wednesday and exchanged words with the group of teens and young men on the front porch. Police said at least one of the two suspects began shooting.

Three were wounded -- two seriously -- and a fourth, Joseph Towah, 18, died a short time later at Duke Hospital.

Warrants identify the other victims as Courtney Steele, Kevin Simmons and Quartez McRae.

Investigators said that they think the incident might have been gang-related.

Towah's family members deny that he was in a gang, although they say a few of his friends were gang members.

Parnell Steele, Courtney Steele's father, said he did not know whether his son was in a gang. The other victims' family members could not be reached Tuesday.

(Staff writer Benjamin Niolet contributed to this report.)

Staff writer Eric Bishop can be reached at 812-3769 or ebishop@newsobserver.com.

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