Durham County

May 13, 2014

Police identify man found shot, dead after east Durham wreck

Durham police were trying to determine where a 26-year-old man had been in the hours Tuesday afternoon before he was found shot and dead when his car crashed near East Main Street and Alston Avenue.

Police said investigators were trying Wednesday to track the whereabouts of a 26-year-old man in the hours before they found him dead and with gunshot wounds when his car crashed into a light pole shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Abdur Rasheed Ali Muslim II, was dead at the scene when police responded to the report of a crash near East Main Street and Alston Avenue, spokeswoman Kammie Michael said.

Michael said Muslim was behind the wheel of a Nissan Altima, and investigators suspected that an argument might have led to his being shot.

Bystanders performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Muslim after the crash, but they could not revive him, and medical workers pronounced him dead at the scene.

Investigators said their preliminary work indicated the shooting was not a random act by someone unknown to Muslim.

Police asked that anyone who has information about where Muslim was in the hours before the shooting or what he was doing in the hours before his death call investigators 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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