Police believe the fatal shooting at a Capital Boulevard business around 7 p.m. Monday was the second time the gunman had struck in 10-hour period.
Thomas Melvin Durant, 64, the owner of Dr. Pawn at 4630 Capital Blvd., was fatally wounded by a gunman who left the scene in a dark blue 328i BMW bearing license plate DDY-7422, according to a news release issued by police spokesman Jim Sughrue. A later news release stated that specific BMW had been located in the Brentwood area, so police were no longer looking for it. It’s unclear if police are still looking for a different blue vehicle.
The similarity of the gunman and get-away vehicle at Capital Boulevard crime scene has led detectives to conclude the suspect is the same person who walked up behind Lenin Alvaringa around 9 a.m. Monday outside the Knights Inn Hotel at 3804 New Bern Ave. and shot him in the back before robbing him of cash, Sughrue had said.
Alvaringa survived the attack, and was taken to nearby WakeMed.
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Security cameras showed the suspect in the New Bern Avenue shooting was a dark-complexed man with a thin build, about 5 feet 10 or 11 inches tall. His hair was pulled to the back of his head. Sughrue described him as having “either a limp or a distinctive walk.” The New Bern Avenue gunman drove away in a blue car that was determined to be either a BMW or a Volvo.
Investigators ask anyone who recognizes the suspect or who has other information that might assist investigation to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at 919-834-4357 or visit raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.