Masked 16-year-old shot, killed after breaking into Durham apartment
Posted September 12
Updated September 13
Durham, N.C. — A 16-year-old died early Monday morning and an apartment resident was injured after a shooting at a Durham apartment complex.
Around 12:45 a.m., officials responded to a shooting at Auburn Apartments located at 801 East Woodcroft Parkway.
Authorities found the body of Jalen Thompson Johnson at the scene. Officials say Johnson, who was a sophomore at Hillside High School, was shot and killed when he attempted to break inside an occupied apartment while wearing a mask.
The man who lived in the apartment, in a call to 911, said, “I shot the suspect when he tried to enter my house.”
As the dispatcher questioned him about the details, the resident said he had been shot in the leg and needed to put pressure on his wound. He was taken to a local hospital where he was expected to make a full recovery.
Residents at the complex woke up Monday morning in disbelief. "This is a quiet neighborhood," one resident said.
Investigators with the Durham Police Department were on the scene for more than seven hours. The investigation is ongoing, officials say, and no charges have been filed.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Investigator J. Barr at 919-560-4440 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.