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4 more men charged with murder in death of Durham restaurant owner

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) - Durham police announced Thursday that four more arrests have been made in the case of Hong Zheng, a Chinese restaurant owner who police say was gunned down in his driveway on April 15.

Zheng was shot in the driveway of his family's Carlton Crossing Drive home. Zheng and his wife own China Wok on S. Roxboro Street.

One man was already charged with murder in connection with the case and police announced Friday that four more men are charged with murder and a litany of other charges.

Those four men are Deshun Cox, 21, Darryl Bradford, Semaj Maleek Bradley, and Charles Daniels, all 18, police said. All four men are from Durham.

Cox was arrested on May 18. The other three suspects were arrested Tuesday.

All four of the suspects are charged with:

First-degree murder

Attempted first-degree murder

Attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon

Attempted first-degree burglary

Seven counts of discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling/moving vehicle

The first arrest in the case came on April 27 when police announced that Maurice Owen Wiley, 28, was charged in the case.

Wiley is charged with:

First-degree murder

Attempted first-degree murder

Attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon

Attempted first-degree burglary

Six counts of discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle/residence causing serious bodily injury

Six counts of discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle/residence

"We are very grateful for the outstanding work done by our homicide investigators and other departmental staff and for the assistance from the community which helped us in making this arrest," said Deputy Chief Anthony Marsh Sr. at a press conference announcing the arrest.

Wiley was also charged with assault on a female, communicating threats, assault by pointing a gun, assault in the presence of a minor and misdemeanor larceny in connection with an domestic violence case in Durham. from a domestic violence case in Durham last year.

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The incident occurred when Zheng's wife, Shirley Chan, says she and Zheng had just come home from work.

Chan says that on the night of the shooting, she went right into the house and Zheng stayed back in the car. That's when, Chan says, three or four people wearing masks got out of a white Jeep and started running toward the house.

Neighbors witnessed a car pull up. They say they heard several shots, and one woman said a bullet went into her house.

Chan's daughter, Jade, says Zheng tried to warn his family.

Chan says her son handed her a gun, so she started shooting back from inside the home. When she opened fire, Chan says, the attackers drove off. She then ran outside to find Zheng had been shot twice in the face.

Chan says this is not the first time her family has been targeted by criminals. She believes it is the same group of people that have robbed her family at gunpoint several times as she's coming home from closing the restaurant.

Police say the investigation is "very active" and ongoing. If anyone has information in connection with the case, they are asked to call investigator Cramer at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29284 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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