Arrests made in shooting death reported near Southpoint mall

From staff reportsFebruary 11, 2013 

— A man was shot to death outside a restaurant near The Streets at Southpoint mall in Durham on Saturday afternoon, and three people were charged with his murder after trying to flee police and crashing their Jeep.

The victim was identified Saturday night as Brian Christopher Keys, 24, of Greensboro.

The three people arrested – all Durham residents -- were identified as Monquell Davis, 19, of Lutz Lane, Deshario Mitchell, 18, of Marne Avenue and Kadeem Johnson, 18, of Umstead Street.

Police say it appears Keys was shot while inside the Jeep Liberty with the others. He was found in a parking lot outside Moe’s Southwest Grill in the 6800 block of Fayetteville Road across from the Southpoint mall shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday.

Emergency workers attended to him but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Acting on information from witnesses describing the Jeep, police fell in behind the vehicle a short time later on Fayetteville Road. They tried to pull it over but the driver refused, and a chase ensued. The pursuit lasted until the Jeep crashed near Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway in Durham.

The three occupants were taken to police headquarters for questioning and later charged.

The victim and suspects were acquaintances and the shooting does not appear to be random, police said.

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