Durham man shot dead in Carrboro break-in

tgrubb@newsobserver.comDecember 20, 2013 

— A 27-year-old Durham man was killed and a second man wounded early Friday in an armed break-in to a house near downtown Carrboro.

Carrboro police responding to a break-in call at 105 Wesley St. just before 2 a.m. found one man dead and another with injuries that were not life-threatening. The injured man was taken to UNC Hospitals, police reported.

They identified the man who was killed as David Lee Goodman of Durham.

They also released a copy of the 911 call Friday. In the call, which lasts just over a minute, an unidentified man demands an ambulance for his brother, who is bleeding from a gunshot to the head.

“Somebody broke in the house and tried to rob us. They came in with a gun, and they shot my brother,” the caller said.

The man then answers a few more questions, before accusing the operator of wasting time and hanging up.

According to N.C. Department of Correction records, Goodman had a history in Durham and other counties of drug and violent crimes, including robbery with a dangerous weapon, cruelty to animals, possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a concealed weapon.

He was released from the Durham Correctional Center in June after serving more than five years for robbery, corrections records show. At the time of his death, he was wanted in Burlington in connection with a Nov. 21 armed robbery, records show.

Police have not identified the second victim.

They also want to question a second unidentified man, who was last seen leaving the area on foot, police Capt. Chris Atack said. They do not think there is an ongoing danger to the community, he said.

The State Bureau of Investigation is helping with the investigation, Atack said. Police have not said if they are treating the case as a homicide.

A neighbor said he arrived home early Friday to find police and a body covered with a sheet lying in the middle of Eugene Street. He knew the residents but did not know who was shot, he said.

While the cul-de-sac of mostly one-story, wood-frame houses is normally quiet, he and other neighbors said they have noticed a lot of cars pulling up at 105 Wesley St., usually staying only a short time. A day care – the Community School for People Under Six – sits just a few hundred yards from the house.

Information obtained Friday from the Carrboro Police Department shows more than 50 calls at 105 Wesley St. since 2007. This year alone, police responded to 18 calls, including reports of assault inflicting serious injury, assault with a deadly weapon, assault by pointing a gun, assault on a female, discharging a firearm and communicating threats.

Orange County tax records show the house is owned by Roy and James Atwater and Eddie Green and lists that as their address.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Lt. Landis Cannady at 919-918-7417 or the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.

Grubb: 919-932-8746

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