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Durham Police On The Hunt For Mall Homicide Suspect

Posted January 4, 2006

— A double shooting outside a Triangle mall got lots of people's attention. But 10 days later, there's still no arrest. A 16-year-old died, while another teenager is recovering in the hospital. Police believe they know where the shooter is, but they just can't find him.

When two teenagers were gunned down outside Northgate Mall on Dec. 26, the investigation was focused on the parking lot. Now officers have turned their attention to the northeast part of the city.

"He's roaming through our community," said Durham Police Cpl. David Addison. "We want him very badly."

Police say 17-year-old Lamar Bass shot and killed Lazarren "Qwan" McLean and injured another teen. They've gotten tips that Bass is still in town. In the last week and a half, police have gotten calls from people who've spotted Bass near his family's home off Cheek Road.

"We're always one or two steps behind Mr. Bass and we're hoping to get one step ahead of Mr. Bass," said Addison.

Investigators have been keeping an eye on some of his hangouts. They said Bass has been in constant contact with his family, and friends have been helping him out. Police believe Bass has gotten overly confident.

"He got a little bold -- stating to other folks he won't be apprehended and police will not arrest him," said Addison.

But officers have a different take on it.

"I consider him very armed and very dangerous," said Addison. "Someone we need to get off the street now -- we can't wait until next week."

They're worried if they don't, they could end up with another homicide. Durham CrimeStoppers is offering a reward for information that leads them to Lamar Bass.

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