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Durham man charged in shooting that injured 14-year-old boy

Posted June 19

— Durham police have charged a 19-year-old in connection with a shooting that sent a 14-year-old boy to Duke University Hospital with serious injuries.

Tyrie Dylon Thomas, of Durham, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Thomas was stopped by Apex police officers on Saturday and charged with possession of a stolen firearm. Authorities said he had a gun reported stolen in 1979 in Houston, Texas.

According to Durham police, the shooting involving 14-year-old Christopher C.J. Hembry happened at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 300 block of Kilarney Drive in east Durham.

14-year-old seriously injured in Durham shooting

Hembry's brother told WRAL News that the shooting was accidental. Hembry underwent surgery at Duke University Hospital after the incident.

Thomas was in the Wake County jail Monday under a $90,000 bond.

Hembry is the third Durham youth to be shot in the past two months.

Deisy Medina, 10, was sleeping in her bed when she was wounded by a bullet fired from the apartment upstairs, while Kamari Munerlyn, 7, was killed in early June when someone fired shots into the SUV in which he was riding.


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  • Jeff Freuler Jun 19, 4:05 p.m.
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    Well I wonder when Durham will get a clue and proactive with crime. It's obvious their hug a criminal (since I cannot use the "T" word) programs have been a miserable failure.

  • Eric Davis Jun 19, 3:24 p.m.
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    I'd be willing to bet there is a lawyer in Durham that gets him off on probation. He will not pull time for this.

  • Lance Cotten Jun 19, 2:19 p.m.
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    These shootings in Durham are an epidemic... Durham is NC's Chicago; yes there is no word from the likes of Rev. Barbour...

  • Deborah Turner Jun 19, 12:51 p.m.
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    Sad..... and where is Rev. Barbour ???

  • Eric Rothman Jun 19, 11:55 a.m.
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  • Anna Temple Jun 19, 11:48 a.m.
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    If not already. Should be mandatory prison time for crimes using deadly weapons. Should be auto increase of bond amount if mug shot has cocky head tilt. Remove all exercise equipment from prisons. Push ups, sit ups. Yoga should be enough.