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Police: Shooting that wounded Durham children was retaliation

Posted November 2, 2011
Updated November 3, 2011

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— Four men were charged Wednesday in a drive-by shooting in Durham last month that wounded two young children and a man, police said.

Two of the men had been arrested by Thursday morning, while the other two suspects remained at large.

Au-Nestii Hagans, 1, was shot in the arm, and Anaryiion Hagans, 3, was shot in the hand when someone opened fire on North Driver Street on Oct. 23. The two children were inside a home at 204-A N. Driver St. at the time.

Troy Lee Howard, 48, who was visiting family on the street, was shot in the thigh outside 210 N. Driver St.

Investigators said the the shooting was in retaliation for an Oct. 17 shooting on Fern Street that wounded Tavarez Brown.

Brown and two other men drove along Driver Street and exchanged gunfire with John Tarver, who was arrested last week in connection with the Fern Street shooting, police said.

Tarver, 23, was standing on his porch at 204-B N. Driver St.,and the bullets missed him and went through the wall into the other side of the duplex, wounding the two children, police said.

When Tarver returned fire, he shot Howard, who was standing on a nearby corner, police said.

Tarver is charged with two counts each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon for the Fern Street and Driver Street shootings.

Brown, 24, of Spruce Street, Arthur Clendenning, 24, of North Hyde Park Avenue, and Jaunarais King, 23, of Kent Lake Drive, were each charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and one count of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling.

Tarver and Clendenning have been placed in the Durham County jail. Tarver was given a $1.5 million bond, and Clendenning a $2 million bond.

Police were searching Thursday for Brown and King. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4281, extension, 29123, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

All four suspects have criminal records including convictions on drug charges, according to state Department of Correction records. Clendenning, Brown and King also have convictions for carrying a concealed weapon, while Brown has been found guilty of two assault charges and an attempted break-in. Records show that Tarver and Brown are currently on probation.

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  • The2ruthHurts Nov 3, 2011

    "The Hagans children and their mother are not criminals, and they do not deserve to be treated as such. Nor does anyone else who is a law-abiding citizen, poor or not. Your rights don't disappear because you live in a dangerous neighborhood."

    You can't make an omlette without cracking a few eggs. Your weak-minded logic is what condones the deterioration of our neighborhoods. You fight crime with aggressive police work. You simply cannot talk to a gun-carrying drug dealer and convince him to change or go away. People want to be safe then there will be hard times before the good ones prevail. But I don't think you have any idea of what I am talking about since you probable live in an area where the closest thing to a hardship is deciding what to watch on t.v.

  • UNC PH.d Nov 3, 2011

    "And what kind of curfew should we establish in your neighborhood, hunter38? How about nightly police checkpoints and a 10pm deadline to be in the house? How would you like being treated as a noncitizen for living in the wrong neighborhood?"

    Raleighlocal, your kind "weak on crime" thinking is exactly the reason why east Durham has gotten as bad as it is. Personally, I think the Durham PD should set up checkpoints leading into and out of those bad east Durham neighborhoods and stop EVERYBODY coming or going. Just think of all of the illegal guns, illegal drugs, people with arrest warrants out for them, and heck illegal immigrants they'll catch?

    It's no different than what the Raleigh PD does downtown sometimes, when they set up DUI checkpoints and stop EVERYBODY leaving the Glenwood night club area.

    I don't call that stereotyping, entrapment or police intimidation, I call it good police work!

  • Jeremiah Nov 3, 2011

    "What was they thinking? They was not."

    that's funny. i don't think it was intended to be, though.

  • loprestw Nov 3, 2011

    Fayetteville is having the same problems, but just look at the demographics and it will explain all.

  • wildcat Nov 3, 2011

    I sure hope the officers find the other two and charge them. What was they thinking? They was not. I do hope the children will be OK and get counseling if they need it.

  • aquamarine46 Nov 3, 2011

    This solution to East Durham's woes will not come from a curfew, but from the courts in their punishment of the criminals. Imposing a fine, putting on probation, spending a couple nights in jail, does not a reformed person make. They need to forget about their overcrowded facilities, and get busy punishing these people properly!!!! The reason there is so much crime is because these people get away with a slap on the wrist. It is disgusting!!!

  • CaryEngineer Nov 3, 2011

    "This is true of every major city in the world. jasonschmidt November 2, 2011 7:27 p.m."

    Maybe, but Durham is not a major city...not in the World, not in the USA...it ranks #86 in USA for population behind Madison, WI and Lincoln, NE.

    I've lived in Madison...never saw the likes of this...For its size, Durham definitely "stands out".

  • bigjoem10 Nov 3, 2011

    All four suspects have criminal records including convictions on drug charges, according to state Department of Correction records.

    WOW....This is a shocker!!

  • mwright9013 Nov 3, 2011

    I think they should put all of these guys in the same cell together and let, "whatever happens-happen" Seems like a reasonable solution to me.

  • Raleighlocal Nov 3, 2011

    "I wish Durham would do what S. Central Los Angeles and New York did in the 90's in their "bad" areas of town. Neighborhood curfews, eliminated "cruising" and hangout spots, DEA & Swat team raids of entire blocks where suspected drug houses are, etc etc."

    And what kind of curfew should we establish in your neighborhood, hunter38? How about nightly police checkpoints and a 10pm deadline to be in the house? How would you like being treated as a noncitizen for living in the wrong neighborhood?

    The Hagans children and their mother are not criminals, and they do not deserve to be treated as such. Nor does anyone else who is a law-abiding citizen, poor or not. Your rights don't disappear because you live in a dangerous neighborhood.

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