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One student killed, another wounded in North Carolina shooting

By Rick Martin, CNN
  • A 22-year-old suspect, Gabriel James Gamez, has been arrested
  • He is accused of shooting the two teenagers after an apparent altercation
  • Police say Gamez and the victims did not know each other

(CNN) -- A gunman shot two Pennsylvania high school football players in Durham, North Carolina, killing one and wounding the other, officials said Friday.

The shooting happened Thursday night in a parking lot outside a Durham shopping center, hours before the athletes were scheduled to visit Duke University. The parking lot was near a hotel where the students were staying.

"It was a very sad situation," Durham Police spokeswoman Kammie Michael told CNN.

Gabriel James Gamez, 22, was arrested in connection to the shooting, which occurred after an apparent altercation, she said. He was charged with murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and was being held in Durham County Jail without bond, Michael added.

Eighteen-year-old Darrell Turner was killed and 15-year-old Thomas Woodson was hospitalized in stable condition after being shot in the leg, police said.

The victims and the suspect did not know each other, said Michael, who added that it was not clear what the altercation was about.

A Duke University official said the two athletes were on their way to a football camp in Florida but had stopped in Durham for a tour of the campus that had been scheduled for Friday morning.

"A person from the athletic department was going to give them a tour of the campus but, tragically, that's not going to happen," said Keith Lawrence, a Duke University spokesman.

The victims attended Gateway High School outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

"Our district is just beside itself. The worst thing that can happen to a school district is the loss of one of its students," Cara Zenella, Gateway High School spokeswoman, told CNN affiliate WPXI.