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Three killed, one critically wounded in pair of Durham shootings

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Three people were killed and another seriously wounded in a pair of shootings in Durham on Tuesday evening.

Police say a man and woman were shot at an apartment complex in the 4200 block of Larchmont Road off U.S. 15-501 at about 5:15 p.m. The man had died by the time police arrived, and the woman was “critically wounded” and taken to a hospital, police said in a release.

Police said Wednesday that the man was Keith Antonio Watson, 29, of Durham. They said the woman had been released from the hospital and that police were not yet disclosing her name.

The second shooting took place sometime before 8 p.m. Tuesday when police were called to an apartment building in the 2000 block of House Avenue, near the intersection of Chapel Hill Road and Morehead Avenue. They found two men lying outside, dead from gunshot wounds.

On Wednesday, police said the men were Murilio Zurito Domingo, 24, and Bertin Vasquez Mendoza, 26.

Police have not released any details about either shooting and said Wednesday that no one had been charged. They also did not say whether the two incidents might be related in any way.

Police ask anyone with information about the Larchmont Road shooting to call Investigator T. Huelsman at 919-560-4440, ext. 29341, or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200. They asked anyone with information about the House Avenue shooting to call Investigator M. Evans at 919-560-4440, ext. 29336, or CrimeStoppers.

Richard Stradling covers transportation for The News & Observer. Planes, trains and automobiles, plus ferries, bicycles, scooters and just plain walking. Also, #census2020. He’s been a reporter or editor for 32 years, including the last 19 at The N&O. 919-829-4739, rstradling@newsobserver.com.
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