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Victim Dies In Durham Home Invasion, Shooting

Posted June 27, 2003

— One person is dead and three others are injured after a home invasion and shooting late Wednesday night.

The victims, all female, suffered multiple wounds. They range in age from 2 years old to their late 20s. Several sources say the 2-year-old girl and one woman were shot between the eyes at point-blank range.

"I am certain that most of the community is in shock at the callousness of this crime," said Police Chief Steven W. Chalmers. "The shooting of women and children is horrifying and certainly the act of a coward. I want to extend my most sincere sympathies to the families of all four victims."

Two victims remain in critical condition and one victim is in stable condition at Duke University Medical Center. Their names have not been released.

Police said two males entered the residence at 110 E. Markham Ave., Apt. 2, and fired several shots just after 11 p.m. Detectives are still trying to figure out who did it and why.

Police first thought the shootings stemmed from a robbery. They now think the shootings could be gang or drug-related. Chief Steve Chalmers said investigators will not rest until they know what happened.

"We'll continue to work on this around the clock, until we've exhausted every lead or until we've actually apprhended the people responsible," he said.

Police are looking for a light-color Lexus SUV with chrome rims and a temporary Virginia tag on the front. Two black males in their 20s are thought to be inside the vehicle. One man was wearing a white T-shirt, the other a blue T-shirt.

The shooting has shaken up the neighborhood.

Tavaris Smith found the injured toddler when he ran over to help.

"She was slumped over the couch and she was bleeding from her forehead. She grabbed her head and said 'Look mama,' and she had blood on her hands. Her mama was bleeding from her face and her mouth," he said.

"I just don't feel good anymore, I want to move, everybody wants to move," resident Peter Boykin said.

Boykin lives two doors away from where the shooting happened. He said he saw two of the victims just as police arrived.

"The lady was, like, she had blood covered all over her face," he said.

"I just got home taking my dog out to walk, the neighbors just got home, everybody just got here. We could have all been a potential target," he said.

The whole thing happened in just a matter of minutes. Witnesses gave police a key clue.

"I heard squealing tires and that was more like a minute or two, so it wasn't an obvious drive by, had to be somebody they knew," Boykin speculated.

"The employees of the Durham Police Department are shocked and saddened by this. The way we are feeling now goes beyond outrage," Chalmers said. "We are pulling out all the stops on this case and are working closely with other law enforcement agencies. I am asking that anyone with information about this crime please give us a call so we can bring these suspects to justice."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Durham Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division at

(919) 560-4440

or

Crime Stoppers at (919) 683-1200

.

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