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Two Suspects Arrested In DATA Bus Shooting

Posted January 11, 2006

— Police have arrested two suspects who may have been involved in a shooting on a DATA bus over the weekend.

Durham authorities took 17-year-old Michael D. Lee and 17-year-old Kenneth Devin Patterson into custody on Dowd Street late Tuesday evening. They are both being held on multiple assault and firearms charges.

Dante Lamont McMillian, 17, was shot several times inside the bus Saturday afternoon, according to authorities. He was treated and has since been released from Duke University Hospital.

Investigators believe the shooting was the result an argument that broke out among several teenagers in the back of the DATA bus No. 2 as it approached a traffic light at Roxboro and Liberty streets.

Early Sunday, investigators identified and charged Patterson, 17, with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, going armed to the terror of the public and possession of a handgun. Charges followed for Lee two days later.

Surveillance video released Monday shows several young men rushing to get off the bus, followed by another person rolling in the aisle. Police released the video in hope of identifying others who may have been involved in the incident.

Saturday's shooting marks the second in a two-week period, which prompted Durham city officials Monday to triple the number of police on board city buses.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Durham police at

(919) 560-4440

or CrimeStoppers at

(919) 683-1200



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