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Drive-by shooting Durham's third homicide in two days

Posted December 17, 2013
Updated December 18, 2013

— Police are investigating the shooting death of a man whose body was found Tuesday afternoon on a Durham street.

Officers responded to a "shots fired" call in the 2600 block of East Shoreham Street at about 2:20 p.m. When they arrived, they found a man lying in the street. He had been shot and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim was identified as Desmond Ramario Williams, 28, of Durham.

Leila Royster said she heard four shots in rapid succession, just outside her home. Her daughter and others rushed to help.

"All I could see was blood. The man was laying on his face," she said. "Nothing never happened over here like that."

Phyllis Coley was also nearby.

"I saw the man lying in the street. A school bus was coming down the hill, and people take that curve so fast. So, my immediate gut reaction was just to pull my car in beside the man so nobody would hit him," she said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Durham police at 919-560-4440, extension 29337, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

The homicide was the third shooting in Durham since early Monday.

A Durham mother and her boyfriend were killed in a Cheek Road home Monday morning, and two people were wounded inside a house near Gurley and Dowd streets.

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  • tatermommy52 Dec 19, 7:07 p.m.

    The only thing that keeps Durhams murder rate low is Duke Hospital.

  • jackaroe123 Dec 19, 11:40 a.m.

    "Jackaroe123, your comments are kind, insightful, and thought-provoking. Thank you for consistently raising the bar on these comments."

    You should see what DOESN'T make it through moderation. ;) Thanks, though.

    "You really should get off your couch more and research what these leaders do. Their top priority always has been crime in their communities. Media only reports when they get involved in cases that you probably are referring to. What they do on a daily basis doesn't make national news. Listen to their radio shows just one day and you will see that you are mistaken."

    Yep! Whenever people ask that it reveals a couple things: 1, they are annoyed by Barber's & Co's involvement on other issues, and 2, they are not involved in these communities themselves, b/c if they were, they'd see Barber and others there, too.

  • Phyxius1 Dec 18, 2:29 p.m.

    The story was updated to include it was a former boyfriend who resides and fled to SC that did the murders. They now have him in custody. It was a very sad end to a domestic dispute. It was a crime committed in Durham but appears not to be done by a resident of the same.

  • bankinfo Dec 18, 2:03 p.m.

    "Fully agree with you that guns are the common cultural thread that needs to be addressed. Thanks for keeping the focus on the real issue."

    You're confusing a symptom with a cause. You don't think that 60+ years of soul-crushing government dependence has anything to do with this? Living a hopeless existence where your own so-called leaders spend all of their time convincing you that you don't have a fair shot at any success in this life and your only hope for a minimalist survival is to stay on welfare and hate anyone who has more than you do is a nice contributing factor. The fact that these youth who feel powerless choose guns as a tool to feel like they can gain some power does not make guns the problem.

  • feelin41 Dec 18, 1:22 p.m.

    And by the way, if we work and pay taxes and vote, then we are doing something to make our neighborhood a better place, and we absolutly will not hesitate to point fingers at real problems.
    Readme- I also work, pay taxes and vote and being a resident in Durham I know that is more to making my surroundings a better place than just that. I am lucky that I dont have to live in the crime infested area's, very lucky. I'm sorry that the mighty throne your sitting on only get's Durham news. Wake up and look beyond that and you will see the articals!

  • I Also Have Affluenza Dec 18, 1:04 p.m.

    what if the shooter is diagnosed with Affluenza? Do you think he will be duly rehabilitated? I sure hope so! We all deserve everything we want, including getting away with murder!

  • dajones115b Dec 18, 12:29 p.m.

    See what the future holds with the current leadership direction... Not just talking about the White House either..
    exador7

    Yeah, because there wasn't any crime before the current leadership took power. Grow up already. Violent crime rates (per capita) are way, way down based upon just about any time frame over US history. Do a little research on crime rates in the country in the 70's and 80's, ie NYC or the Cocaine Cowboy period in Miami. The reason it appears like there is more is the explosion in news coverage, and their inherent competition with one another to "break" a sensational story.

  • readme Dec 18, 12:10 p.m.

    "Crime is up everywhere, it's not just Durham. And it really tickles me that people continue to bash Durham" - feelin41. Seriously? Perhaps if we weren't bombarded with articles in the press about how great a place it is and how they are in the middle of a rebirth, we'd withold comment. Perhaps many of us are former residents who might come back if things haven't gotten so bad. Also, violent crime is not up everywhere. I refuse to turn a blind eye and act like nothing is wrong in Durham. And by the way, if we work and pay taxes and vote, then we are doing something to make our neighborhood a better place, and we absolutly will not hesitate to point fingers at real problems.

  • feelin41 Dec 18, 11:50 a.m.

    Crime is up everywhere, it's not just Durham. And it really tickles me that people continue to bash Durham, what?, you mean to tell me Durham is the only place that has drugs, guns, and murders? Before you start bashing take a look at your own neighborhood....which of your neighbors are hooked on pain meds, teenagers doing drugs, abusing their wife or children, crime is crime no matter how unimportant you think it is. Unless you are doing something to make your own neighborhood a better place dont sit back and point fingers.

  • lets_b_real79 Dec 18, 11:36 a.m.

    "So where's the outrage? Where's Al and Jesse? Seems as if black on black crime doesn't fit their template. Sadly, this is such a serious problem that needs to be addressed."

    You really should get off your couch more and research what these leaders do. Their top priority always has been crime in their communities. Media only reports when they get involved in cases that you probably are referring to. What they do on a daily basis doesn't make national news. Listen to their radio shows just one day and you will see that you are mistaken.

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