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Police Investigate Durham Shootings

Posted April 24, 2003

— Durham police are investigating two shootings that happened just miles from each other Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities said one shooting happened on North Roxboro Street at 1:50 p.m. Witnesses said 20-year-old Mario Mitchell was standing in the doorway of a business when he was shot shot several times in the arm and torso. Mitchell was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his wounds that are not life-threatening.

Authorities said the suspect is described as between 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and weighs 150 to 180 pounds. They also said the suspect was wearing a white T-shirt and black jeans.

At 4:45 p.m., authorities responded to a shooting at 1506 Knox Street.

Authorities said Carl Harris, 21, was found shot in the buttocks. He was transported to Duke for treatment of injuries that are not life-threatening.

While officers were at the scene, it was determined that a second gunshot victim from the same shooting was already at Duke, transported by private vehicle.

Authorities said both victims in the Knox Street shooting were standing on the street corner with friends when two vehicles pulled up and its occupants started shooting at them.

Durham police are looking for a silver Toyota 4Runner and a white Acura. They say each vehicle was occupied by four black males.

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