Warrant: Acquaintance ambushed Durham couple, killing wife

— A Durham woman was killed last month when an acquaintance ambushed her and her husband in their car, according to a search warrant released Wednesday.

Andrea Farrior, 31, of Durham, was found dead on Sept. 8 in a vehicle parked in the driveway of a home in the 1900 block of East Main Street. Her husband, Eugene Hanks, was found near the home suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Hanks told police that he knew the gunman because he and Farrior had been over to the man‘s apartment before and their children had played together, according to an application for a warrant to search an apartment on Woodcrest Street. He said he had been talking with the man, whom he referred to as “Black,” on the phone that evening to arrange a place to meet.

After initially meeting on Taylor Street, Hanks told police, “Black” told him and Farrior to follow him in their car to Cherry Grove Street. There, “Black” got out of a white Jeep and approached Hanks and Farrior, and he asked Hanks for his cellphone so he could put his new number into it, Hanks told police.

Once Hanks handed over his phone, he said, “Black” opened fire on the car, wounding him and Farrior. Hanks said he sped off to East Main Street, where he began pounding on doors for help.

According to the search warrant application, police found several shell casings on Cherry Grove Street, but efforts to locate Hanks‘ phone haven‘t been successful.

Investigators found a white Jeep Compass parked at the apartment complex where Hanks said “Black” lived, and they were able to link it to a woman whose boyfriend, Dwight Leon Gill Jr., matched the description of the gunman.

After Hanks picked Gill‘s photo out of a lineup, police obtained arrest warrants charging Gill, 35, with murder and attempted murder.

Gill still wasn‘t in custody Thursday, and anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Durham police at or Durham Crime Stoppers at.