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Burglars use stolen gun to shoot at Durham homeowner

Posted November 4, 2015

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— A Durham man escaped unharmed Wednesday morning when a group of teens shot at him with what he thinks was his own gun.

A home on Marlin Drive was broken into at about 10 a.m., and a woman who lives there headed home from work in response to the security alarm to find a teen running out of the house, said her brother-in-law, Douglas Mann, who also lives in the house. She tried to grab the teen, but he pulled away from her and ran off, Mann said.

Mann's brother, who works for a moving company, was heading home as well after the break-in and saw a group of teens, including one with his wife's laptop computer, walking along Bingham Street. Mann said his brother pulled over his moving van and yelled at the teens to stop.

"They ended up firing off three shots at him. The gun used likely was my brother's," Mann said.

No one was hurt in the shooting, but at least one shot hit the truck, police said.

Mann said he, his brother and his sister-in-law were trying to determine what else was stolen from the home.

"I think nobody is safe, that’s all," he said. "We feel like it’s somebody that watches us because we have the same routine every day."

No arrests have been made in the case.


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  • Wayne Douglas III Nov 4, 2015
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    You don't need a concealed gun permit. We are an open carry state. I have been carrying for about 30 years now and doing it all OPEN. Yes, I do have my CCH permit, but I prefer to open carry, simply due to the fact that if your weapon is visible to the criminal, they are more likely to leave you alone. Of course it is in a "lock" holster, where there is a release point, which makes it nearly impossible, for someone to be able to take my gun from me. Someone would have to be very skilled, to do so.

  • Sonja Yagel Nov 4, 2015
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    Get a Concealed Weapon Permit and carry your gun with you, leaving it at home does you no good.

  • Jim Halbert Nov 4, 2015
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    Your gun is there to protect you, but who is there to protect your gun?

    Lock them up people.

  • Steve Graff Nov 4, 2015
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    Way to go dumb burglars! You now face charges of attempted murder in addition to burglary. Dunderheads!