Durham, N.C. — A man trying to break into a home in a Durham County mobile home park early Friday was shot and killed by someone inside the home, authorities said.
Four people were home in the 300 block of Stoney Creek Circle, and investigators said they believe the intruder had a relationship with someone at the house. An altercation occurred, and shots were fired, they said.
Authorities were trying to locate Carlos Hernandez, who they believe fired the fatal shot and then left. He was described as Hispanic and in his early to mid-40s and might be driving a small red sedan.
Deputy Paul Sherwin, a spokesman for the Durham County Sheriff's Office, said investigators aren't calling Hernandez a suspect because they aren't sure whether a crime occurred. The shooting might have been justifiable self-defense, he said.
Authorities haven't released the name of the shooting victim.
Neighbor Derrick Parnell said that, while the shooting wasn't random, it still worries him.
"I have a small child. I'm concerned anytime there is violent crime around," Parnell said. "I don't necessarily fear for an intruder or anything in here, but I was alarmed by it."
Margaret Boyd, who has lived in the Mineral Springs Village mobile home park for 20 years, also was on edge after the shooting.
"I live here alone, so I didn't feel safe at that time," Boyd said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Durham County Sheriff's Office at 919-560-0880 or the sheriff's office tip line at 919-560-7151.