Man charged in fatal Oct. 14 Durham shooting

Staff WriterNovember 12, 2008 

— Investigators think Alton Dewayne "Popeye" Sanders fired the shotgun blast that killed Lamont Monty Brandon Jr. as Brandon rode a mo-ped on a Durham street.

Sanders, 24, was charged with murder Tuesday at the Durham County jail, where he has been held since October on charges stemming from another shooting.

Brandon, 19, was riding a mo-ped with Way Holloway on the 1300 block of North Hyde Park Avenue on Oct. 14 when someone exited a vehicle and fired several shots. Brandon, who was shot in the torso, died at Duke Hospital.

Holloway, 25, was shot in the hand. No charges have been filed yet against Sanders in the Holloway shooting.

Police have not released a motive for the shooting.

Heavily armed officers went looking for Sanders on Oct. 15, thinking he was at an apartment inside the McDougald Terrace public housing complex. After surrounding the residence for more than three hours, officers fired tear gas before finding that he wasn't home.

Sanders, who turned himself in 12 days later, was initially wanted in connection with an Aug. 4 drive-by shooting on South Hoover Road, where a 22-year-old man was shot in the leg and buttocks by occupants in two vehicles. Sanders and Equaan Straiter, 19, were charged in that shooting. Straiter was arrested in late August.

Sanders already has convictions for resisting arrest, possession of stolen property and possessing drug paraphernalia. Along with the August shooting, he also faces separate charges for driving with a suspended license and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Sanders remained in jail Tuesday with no bond.

stan.chambers@newsobserver.com or 919-932-2025

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