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One killed, two injured in shooting at Durham apartments

Posted March 28, 2012
Updated March 29, 2012

— One person was killed and two others were injured Wednesday night in a shooting at the Hearthside Apartments in Durham, police said. 

The shooting happened around 7 p.m. near the intersection of Hearthside and Bacon streets. All three shooting victims were taken to Duke University Hospital, where Jesus Contreras, 37, later died. The other two people suffered non-life threatening injuries and are in stable condition, police said. 

According to the Durham Police Department, no one has been arrested. Investigators do not believe that the shooting was random but have not identified any motives.

Neighbors told WRAL News that the suspected shooter was across the street at a different building in the apartment community before the shooting. At some point, he crossed the street and started firing near a large white truck that was parked in a nearby unit's driveway. 

"I heard about 30 shots, more than 30 shots," said Radisha Umstead. "That's when I ran in the house."

Another neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said she saw the shooter put his hand in his pocket and she thought he was going to scare a man standing near the truck. Then, she said, she heard about 20 gunshots.

Investigators were still at the scene of the shooting late Wednesday interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence, including at least two weapons left at the scene. They also searched at least two apartments and a vehicle.

There was no word on possible motive or suspects. Anyone with information about the shooting should call investigators at 919-560-4440 (Ext. 29322) or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.


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  • casp3r Mar 29, 2012

    Bank robbery in apex we already know the discription and everything.

    I guess durham is ok to have unkown killers running loose. I bet if durham was mostly white they would be telling us the discrition. They don't care about minorities.

  • mac240 Mar 29, 2012

    Durham in the headlines but this is happening all over the country. In a lot of these cases if the victims and suspects had a family, job or a real home, or in other words “RESPONSIBILITY” a lot of this stuff would stop. But most are living off the taxpayer so they just don’t care.

  • Hans Mar 29, 2012

    "This is terrible! When will the killings stop? I now believe they need to get a strong force to come into that city." -

    Exactly what kind of "force" do you have in mind?

  • no kidding 71 Mar 29, 2012

    If they judicial system would start keeping people in jail to serve their sentences and not let them out early. There would be less crime happening. Personally I say crowd the prisons. Committing a crime is the only way to get in there. I think it is sad when our country has come to the point, that we will overcrowd a classroom, but not a prison!

  • whoami Mar 29, 2012

    When 30 shots ring out at a predominantly white neighborhood, I am sure that would make the news too.

  • seankelly15 Mar 29, 2012

    nowon_yuno - "WRAL isnt interested in helping catch criminals if thats the best they can do when it comes to describing them"

    Ummm... when did WRAL assume the responsibility of catching criminals?

  • WakeForestLiving Mar 29, 2012

    And breaking news at 5 "Water is Wet" A shooting in Durham is no longer news. Why even report it anymore?

  • MadMaxx Mar 29, 2012

    WRAL reports are like a business, either they have order takers or salesmen. WRAL just has order takers. You want fries with that!

  • MadMaxx Mar 29, 2012

    Guns never killed anyone, and forks never made anyone fat. Reason with that fact of life.

  • twoods7 Mar 29, 2012

    "So what else do you want? What else does WRAL know? Why would they know what he looks like?" Tcheuchter

    Well for starters, they could send (gasp) a REPORTER to visit the Police Dept. and ASK questions; you know like a REPORTER should and do. Is that so difficult?