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Four Shot, One Killed In Durham Incident

Posted July 5, 2006

— Four young men were shot while they were hanging out on a porch late Wednesday afternoon. One of them, an 18-year-old, has now died at Duke University Medical Center.

The incident happened at the intersection of

Gearwood Avenue and Gray Avenue

in northeast Durham. Police say the four teens -- all young men -- were shot in broad daylight as they sat on the porch of the house at 610 Gray Ave.

"What we've been told is that two men approached the house, walked up to the porch and started shooting," said Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael. "They were last seen running down Gray Avenue."

For the next several hours, police took information at the location of the shooting and marked spots for evidence. A woman at the house put her head in her hand and looked to the ground as investigators spoke with her, as neighbors watched and waited.

"This is shocking," said neighbor John Smith.

But LaTisha Holt said she sees gang violence on this street regularly, and she wants it to stop.

"It's black-on-black crime and it's ridiculous," said Holt. "It doesn't make sense. We're all brothers and sisters -- we should all stick together."

Police confirmed that gang activity has existed in the neighborhood, and gang officers were on the scene late Wednesday to investigate whether this shooting was gang-related.

"I hope they find the guy who did this," said Holt. "These are young kids."

Holt didn't know who the victims were, and police don't think any of them lived at the home where they were shot. Two men -- ages 17 and 18 -- sustained serious injuries and a 15-year-old boy was treated for a gunshot wound to the arm.

One suspect was described as a black male, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with a medium complexion. He was wearing a fitted blue cap with dog tags hanging from it and a white T-shirt. The second suspect was described as a black male, 6 feet tall with bad teeth. He was wearing a black fitted cap.

Anyone with information is asked to call Durham police investigators at

919-560-4440, ext. 244

or CrimeStoppers at




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