Durham, N.C. — A Durham man was fatally shot before his car crashed into a tree and caught on fire Thursday afternoon, police said.
Officers found Antoine Quinton Alston, 27, dead in the driver's seat of the crashed car near Abercromby Drive and Yorktown Avenue around 2:30 p.m. A passenger was also shot and ran to a nearby apartment complex for help, police said. He was treated and released from Duke Hospital.
Relatives, including Alston's parents, cried and comforted each other at the scene of his death. Family members said his brother was also shot to death four years ago.
"She's already lost one son, and now she's lost another one," his cousin, Angela Reams, said. "We're very heartbroken."
Neighbors said they heard five quick shots, a pause, and then one final shot. Officers canvassed the neighborhood and searched with K-9 units, but no suspects have been named in the case.
"There's no indication at this point that this was a random act," Police Chief Jose Lopez said. "We are trying to piece together all the information that we have, all the stories that we have, and try to come to the facts of the case and identify who is responsible for this."
Anyone with information is asked to Durham police at 919-560-4440, extension 29320 or Crime Stoppers at 191-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that solve crimes.