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Durham police investigating fatal shooting

Posted June 18, 2013

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— Investigators are looking into a fatal shooting that happened in east Durham Tuesday morning.

Kammie Michael, a spokeswoman for the Durham Police Department, said officers responding to a 911 call around 11:40 a.m. found Jermaine Andrea McDonald, 37, dead in the street in front of a house in the 100 block of North Hyde Park Avenue.

Police said McDonald lived on the street, but it's unclear if he lived at the house.

One witness reported hearing four gunshots, and another said McDonald might have been shot while inside his car and then gotten out of it.

Michael, however, provided no details of the shooting, only saying that investigators do not believe it was random and that no charges have been filed in the case.

Anyone with information about it is asked to call the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4440, extension 29336, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

Those who live in the neighborhood said violence in the area isn't unusual and that they often hear sirens and see police cars in the area.

"It's really a tragedy when you have the youth thinking this is somewhat normal," said Geneva Melton, who lives in the neighborhood. "It's not normal."

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  • sjb2k1 Jun 19, 2013

    yeeeah not the best part of durham.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jun 19, 2013

    "Been here 35 years, never been robbed, assaulted, shot at."

    Congratulations!

    "Maybe if you guys spent more time helping to reduce crime statewide"

    Our problems aren't with the state it's with the Durham county judges. Yes let's do something, Vote them out! Hiding the problem hasn't help yet let's do something about the revolving door criminal justice system in Durham!

  • kornfan2448 Jun 19, 2013

    Funny how stories about Durham get such comments, yet in just the past few days a lone, a Franklin Co. teacher is facing sex abuse charges, a Seymour Johnson officer and wife are facing child abuse charges and in just Raleigh/Wake Co. alone, a man is facing charges for a deadly hit and run, there was a search for a burglary suspect, someone making a deposit at a Wells Fargo was robbed, a body was found near Falls Lake and neighbors are looking to sue a "party mansion" to have it shut down for having "adult parties". As GETOUT mentioned, if you live here and don't like it, move. If you don't, why do you care? For what bad there is, there's a lot more good and if more people would get out and get active in the community instead of passing their judgements on a news story, EVERY place would be a safer and better place.

  • GETOUT Jun 18, 2013

    Wow, I have come to expect westernwake and dodgepolara to comment and bash Durham at every chance! I mean really guys we get it. Durham is bad, Durham is bad! Now what??? Do you live in Durham? If so, move... If not why do you care!! Lol! Nobody is asking you to live here! Your comment(s) don't affect the citizens of Durham!!! We are here to stay! Been here 35 years, never been robbed, assaulted, shot at or anything else you think happens to all Durham residents every day! Maybe if you guys spent more time helping to reduce crime statewide and less time bashing individual cities you would really make a difference in this world!

  • 68_dodge_polara Jun 18, 2013

    If you think Durham is this bad you have seen nothing yet. I have been in more cities across the US for work that make Durham look good.

    True. Heard about the earthquake in Detroit yesterday? It did billions of dollars of improvements.

  • Common_Sensey Jun 18, 2013

    Phyxius1,

    I agree with you. I grew up in Los Angeles and Dallas, TX and I've seen really bad cities. I knew "gang" members who carried guns when they were only 12 years old. But the problem with Durham is that for being as small as it is compared to other cities, it has an unbalanced amount of crime. It's only going to get worse as more of the the violent gangs continue to move in.

  • Phyxius1 Jun 18, 2013

    Yep, just off Holloway and close to Alston Ave. That's about as bad as it gets in Durham, not to mention at mid night too.
    68_dodge_polara

    If you think Durham is this bad you have seen nothing yet. I have been in more cities across the US for work that make Durham look good. In a few NY cities it was nothing to see the ATF and DEA running around the neighborhoods on the way to work sites in the a.m...

    Hyde park is a bad place to be though but not the whole stretch of Holloway is as it goes all the way to Oak Grove area...

  • maxcadman Jun 18, 2013

    was this morning @ 11:40 am the story states.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jun 18, 2013

    Yep, just off Holloway and close to Alston Ave. That's about as bad as it gets in Durham, not to mention at mid night too.