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16-Year-Old Held in Drive-By Shooting of 10-Year-Old

Posted April 15, 2008
Updated April 16, 2008

— Durham police have charged a 16-year-old in a drive-by shooting that seriously injured a 10-year-old boy Tuesday night.

It happened at about 7:30 p.m. at 2710 Thelma St.

The boy, who suffered a gunshot wound to the head, was transported to Duke University Hospital for surgery. He was listed in serious but stable condition Wednesday evening.

Police arrested Lensy Arnette Gill, 16, and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, discharging a firearm in city limits and possession of a weapon by a juvenile.

Gill is being held on a $2 million bond.


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  • educgrad Apr 17, 2008

    was he angry at the other kid, 10 years old is child,not even a teenager yet. Many kids today are so angry ,and think violence is the answer

  • Coach K is GREAT Apr 17, 2008

    DEATH PENALTY!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dr. Dataclerk Apr 17, 2008

    Parents need to be help accountable. Meanwhile this young man needs some change in his life. Send him to a youth prison for a year. Maybe he will return with some sense and not committ any more crime. Small words I know. Also the person that allowed him to have the gun should be charged too.

  • Jeremiah Apr 17, 2008

    "What has the world come to."

    You continually see this on comments. It's always been like this. It's no different today than it was 50 years ago, except we now have the internet to be aware of it.

  • Jeremiah Apr 17, 2008

    "How would a 16-year old get a gun??? I don't even know how to get one."

    I imagine it's a little different when you live in the ghetto and are surrounded by criminals.

  • patriot 16 Apr 17, 2008

    How can we solve this problem? Mothers/Grandmothers are working 4 jobs to support these kids, so the kids have no guidence, they follow their peers into crime and gangs... and they do this kind of stuff. What is the solution?? This happens TOO often.

  • oldcmag Apr 17, 2008

    A gun crime in Durham wonders when they might do what Sen.Helms said to do and fence in the whole Town ?

  • hkypky Apr 17, 2008

    Hokie94: Looks like several of us were "GOLOonged" yesterday for telling it like it is.

    That would be an interesting stat for the GOLO Crew to add to the bottom of each news story/blog: % of posts that were not allowed.

    Anyway, I have to disagree with you a bit on the suggestion than more law enforcement is a solution. Would it help, possibly but I don't see the feet on the street being as much of a problem here as the robes and suits in the courtroom.

    Punishment will never be a deterrent to crime unless it is administered.

  • Shaking My Head In Amusement Apr 16, 2008

    Since I got GOLO'd for saying a word that was posted above, let me try this again.
    Go down Wabash St, Ridgeway Ave, Sima Ave into McDougald Terrace, go down Old Oxford Hwy into Braggtown, Go down Holloway St & Hyde Park Ave into those areas, it's full of crime. Child on Child, Adult on Adult, Adult on Child. It's everywhere. I, with my own two eyes, see the presence of DPD in those areas but someone with that criminal mentality will commit that crime with or without their presence. These criminals have no fear of the justice system because they'll be right back out. They deal drugs in plain sight, in our Gov't paid housing. As the Corrections Dept is being Investigated, Housing Authority needs it as well. Those areas are not abiding by the Housing Authority rules and they're being overlooked. Society is "turning the other cheek" to these children who are crying out for help in school, on the streets and elsewhere. We need to find ways to help them or this will cycle on.

  • Vietnam Vet Apr 16, 2008

    There's another waste of seminal fluid! 16 year old kid running around with a gun and why in the world was he shooting at a 10 year old child? I wouldn't bother with a trial or the ever popular "rehabilitation". Let the victim's parents have him for a bit. I think maybe they could get him to see the error of his ways much better than the judicial ever could. Oh, wait I forgot...he has rights! (sarcasm)