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Daytime shooting shakes Durham neighbors

Posted October 6, 2012
Updated October 8, 2012

— A man was taken to the Duke Medical Center Saturday morning after being shot near the intersection of Nebo Street and Burlington Avenue, police said. 

A 13-year-old boy was a witness to a scene usually contained to television and movies. He was on his RollerBlades when he saw two cars, one of them riddled with bullet holes.

"He hit the reverse, and they caught him and started shooting," the boy said.

Officers responding to a shooting call found the man in the driver's seat of a vehicle about 11:15 a.m. His name has not been released, but authorities said he had life-threatening injuries. 

Deborah Chapman, who lives nearby, said it's not the first time the cops have been called to the area.

"You can look out my bedroom window and see the car," said Leah Sisco. Her driveway became a crime scene Saturday morning.

" You see little kids out playing not too far from where the car was shot up," she said. "You see little kids out running, so that is very scary."

No arrests have been made. 

Anyone with information should call the Durham Police Department 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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  • southerntalent Oct 8, 2012

    nice reporting,put the persons name up for the nice law abiding citizens to view

  • mj1angier Oct 8, 2012

    Way to paint a target on the kids back...

  • RomneyRyan2012 Oct 8, 2012

    You don't put the names of teens who've done the crime but you sure aren't afraid to put the name of a teen witnessed a crime out in the report. Not a good move...I'd be packing up and moving out of town if I were that parent!

  • redoit2000 Oct 8, 2012

    I absolutely can't believe this family would allow their child to be on tv for witnessing this crime. WRAL should never have allowed it and this poor boy is now at risk for retaliation.


    Response from WRAL.com:
    It is our policy always to get permission from a parent before we include a minor child in our reporting, and we did that in this case. However, given another day to think about it, WRAL decided to remove the identification of the boy from the story. We thank you for your concern.

  • piene2 Oct 8, 2012

    What is the big deal? It is just another case of six gun packing Americans settling a dispute. It hardly seems worth reporting.

  • kikinc Oct 8, 2012

    CarolinaCakeMob-It's not as far fetched of a scenario as you would like to believe. If it was a gang related shooting, it's not unheard of for a witness to also be killed. Sure, there's crime everywhere, but Durham seems to be in the news a bit more than most. And don't tell me to get out and live a bit more. I grew up right outside of NYC, so I have seen my fair share of crime.

  • CarolinaCakeMob Oct 8, 2012

    Who's gonna hurt this child? He simply witnessed the crime, he's not a confidential informant...LOL You people have the most extreme perception of Durham; drug dealers, pimps monsters, demons, the boogeyman, Jeepers Creepers, Pumpkinhead, and zombies don't randomly roam the streets here. Crime is everywhere; you folks really need to get out more and actually live life.

  • JohnnyVoodoo Oct 8, 2012

    Can you say... protective witness program? This whole family now has to live in a state of fear and panic...looking over their shoulders every minute of the day now thanks to a second rate group of news reporting wannabees.

  • working for deadbeats Oct 8, 2012

    Very irresponsible reporting and parenting are exhibited here. Mom should have said no to the interview.

  • JohnnyVoodoo Oct 8, 2012

    Nice job WRAL. You've really outdone yourself now. Nothing like putting the name of a 13 year old witness out there for the whole world to see. Which includes the suspects who know they can be identified now. I tell ya, it must makes you wonder where WRAL finds these so called journalists at these days. Long gone are the Charlie Gaddy days over there on Western Blvd. How about do this kid and his family a favor and take this story down immediately or at least delete his name from the story!