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Durham police release more details in drive-by shooting

Posted May 14, 2008

— Durham police are asking for tips concerning a Saturday afternoon shooting.

Officers were dispatched to the 2200 block of Otis Street at 4:53 p.m. Saturday. When they arrived, they found a 40-year-old female who had been shot in her left calf.

Officers were told that the shooting happened as a gold Lexus was being chased by a green Nissan Altima on Otis Street from Weaver Street.

A passenger in the Altima leaned out the window and fired several shots in the direction of the Lexus, police said. One bullet struck a woman and another struck a parked pickup truck.

The woman was washing her car when she was shot and she appeared to be an innocent bystander, police said. Her name was withheld.

The Nissan is described as a dark green, 4-door early to mid-1990s model (a rounded body style) with North Carolina plates. It was occupied by two men.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator N.M. Byrd at 560-4415, ext. 232 or Crime Stoppers at 683-1200.

Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.


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  • Scubagirl May 14, 2008

    Oh but wait....there isn't crime in Durham, completely safe-NOT

  • TriangleMommy May 14, 2008

    Its really a sad fact about the state of the city of Durham, when I see a headline about "drive by shooting" or some other crime in Durham, and my main concern is reading the article to see how close to my own neighborhood it is.
    I agree with Joe - its time for the Mayor of Durham, and our other city leaders to GET A CLUE!!

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT May 14, 2008

    I really do enjoy taking my boys to the Durham Bulls. But we also enjoy making the random stop by the old DAP just to relive history. We used to enjoy making a stop by Fowler's Market.(hate that place closed.) But with the kind of random violence that is constantly happening in Durham, it ISN'T SAFE for me or my boys. We would also hit the HotDog stand behind the old DAP, or some other place in town. We enjoy the couple of hours leading up to a game as much as we enjoy the game. That's money I'm spending around downtown Durham. But if I can't safely get around Durham in the middle of the day, that's money that will REMAIN in my pocket. Hey Mayor, get the message! You probably don't. Its long overdue for Durham to elect a new vibrant mayor. One who isn't "too comfortable" in their job and will work hard to make a difference, instead of just trying to look good and put on a dog and pony show.