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Man shot while doing yard work in Durham 'lucky to be alive'

Posted October 18, 2012

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— A 68-year-old man who was shot in broad daylight while doing yard work at his Durham home said Thursday he feels "lucky to be alive."

Investigators said Kenneth Harris had been using a weed eater in his front yard in the 2100 block of Faucette Avenue around 3 p.m. Tuesday, when he was shot in the arm and side as bullets rang out from a passing white Fork work van.

"He shot about six times, and the bullet hit me," Harris said. 

The shots, investigators said, were intended for a young boy who got off a school bus and walked in front of Harris' house.

"I thought they had killed that little boy," Harris said, adding he didn't realize he had been shot. "While I was running to call 911, I felt a sting.

"Then I looked down, and I was bleeding myself," he said. 

Man shot while doing yard work in Durham 'lucky to be alive' Man shot while doing yard work in Durham 'lucky to be alive'

On Wednesday, police arrested 17-year-old Nelson Pinto, of 1921 Faucette Ave., in connection with the shooting. Harris said Pinto lived just down the street in the ordinarily quiet neighborhood.

"You just don't ever know where trouble is at," he said.

Pinto was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, assault with a deadly weapon and discharging a firearm within the city limits and placed in the Durham County jail under a $250,000 bond.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4281, extension 29122, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

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

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  • Lightfoot3 Oct 22, 2012

    "Not when it came from Obama's "Fast & Furious"." - bdaughtry2


    what? No complaints about "Operation Wide Receiver", the beginning of these stupid "gunwalking" exercises started during Bush's term? Oh, that's right, Bush is a Republican, so that made it okay. Never mind...

  • Lightfoot3 Oct 22, 2012

    "I can't recall any news articles now or in the past where the day was saved by someone with a concealed carry permit" - GravyPig


    I've posted article after article after article of the day being saved by armed citizens, some of them by concealed carry. It happens all the time.


    Here's just a few:


    http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2009/jul/12/shot121_20090711-230802-ar-37595


    http://now.msn.com/71-year-old-man-in-internet-cafe-shoots-robbers


    http://fmgpublications.ipaperus.com/FMGPublications/AmericanHandgunner/AHJA09/?page=62

  • GravyPig Oct 19, 2012

    "I don't carry concealed to save your life GravyPig. I'll leave that responsibility up to you."

    It wasn't a loaded question, it was serious.

  • Mrs.DarylDixon Oct 19, 2012

    "Are we not safe anywhere any more?" charmcclainlovesdogs2

    Were we ever

  • NCHighlander Oct 19, 2012

    "Just out of curiosity, how likely is that? I can't recall any news articles now or in the past where the day was saved by someone with a concealed carry permit. Not saying it can't happen, just that it doesn't seem to happen or at least get reported. Gravypig"

    I don't carry concealed to save your life GravyPig. I'll leave that responsibility up to you.

  • tarheelfan41 Oct 19, 2012

    Outlaw guns? Are you serious? They outlawed pot, how'd that work out? Heroin? Coke? Heck, How did prohibition work out?

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Oct 19, 2012

    Are we not safe anywhere any more?

  • FlySwater Oct 19, 2012

    I see him as "unlucky to be shot" more than anything else. Just me...

  • chrisnrali Oct 19, 2012

    Do you honestly think that if you outlaw guns that ALL the guns will be found and disposed of? Seriously?

  • Holy Carp. Oct 19, 2012

    "Just out of curiosity, how likely is that? I can't recall any news articles now or in the past where the day was saved by someone with a concealed carry permit. Not saying it can't happen, just that it doesn't seem to happen or at least get reported."

    Not likely. I just wanted to quiet down pine tree.

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