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Durham Teen Charged in 2 Drive-Bys

Posted July 31, 2007

— Durham police have arrested and charged a teenager with the shooting of four people in two incidents Monday night.

Investigators charged Anthony Doberson, 19, of Gibson Road, with four counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Shortly after 9 p.m. Monday, police responded to a shooting in the 600 block of Gray Avenue. Three males – two 17-year-olds and one 19-year-old – were shot in the legs, investigators said. Two victims were treated at the scene and one was taken to Duke University Hospital for treatment.

According to witnesses at the scene, an older-model burgundy and gray van came down the street and turned around. As the van passed the victims, an occupant opened the van’s sliding door and started shooting, police said.

Fifteen minutes later, police said a 19-year-old male was shot in the leg in the 1300 block of Fidelity Drive. Investigators said someone got out of a burgundy and gray van and fired several shots at the victim, who was taken to Duke for treatment.

Minutes after that shooting, Durham police Officer C.T. Skarzynski saw a burgundy and gray van on Hardee Street and stopped it on Liberty Street. Doberson, who was driving the vehicle, was taken into custody. Police said several other occupants jumped from the van and ran.

Doberson was held in the Durham County Jail on $250,000 bond.


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  • Bon Viveur Aug 1, 2007

    Well DUH, it's DURHAM!!!!!!! What did y'all expect, Mother Teresa? Durham, NC has long been known as the Murder Capital of NC and this type of behavior really shouldn't surprise anyone at all. In fact the only surprising thing is that it doesn't happen daily as opposed to weekly like it does right now.

  • BLOCKHEAD Aug 1, 2007

    Geisha Girl @ 1:23 :
    I was just doing a takoff on what some of the readers here post and how other react to it. I am also upfront and blunt and I do not make automatic assuptions. Some of the reactions I get are just absurd. Some people get so darn defensive. No offense taken and no need to put me on your do not respond list, you sound like an honest girl, and I can admire you for that.
    Just a little satire.

    RE: It is amazing how all it takes is an attempt at conversation and fruitful banter for all to show their true colors.

  • Harrison Bergeron Aug 1, 2007

    The reason that stories of black crime attract poster here, is because, some of us are looking for answers to the barrage of stories and images we see from this very website.

    People are upset that what they are seeing is corroborated by statistics kept by our own federal government, but nobody seems to have an answer why.

    The Bureau of Crime Statistics in the Department of Justice indicates Blacks are just 13 percent of the population but they commit more than half the muggings and murders in the country.

    People just want answers.

  • skinnycow Aug 1, 2007


    As blunt and upfront as I am in my posts I find it very amusing that you would automatically deem my words to be that of a racist insinuating racism. I never once called you a racist. What in my post would make you think that my intentions were in fact deliberate? That is not even my style. And the fact that you would automatically assume that I knew you are/were white while I am posting is just more amusing. It is amazing how all it takes is an attempt at conversation and fruitful banter for all to show their true colors. My statement was pure and simple. You answered my question to the best of your ability which means you can only speak from what you think or know. That is all my statement meant. I truly am floored. I take offense to your insinuations. I will post this on your golo page just in case WRAL deletes it. You have a great day. I wont post to you or in reference to anything you say again just for fear of my words being taken out of their proper context.

  • BLOCKHEAD Aug 1, 2007

    Geish Girl @ 9:51am

    RE : I respect your opinion. I diagree but to each it's own. Thank you for indulging me and answering my question,,, to the best of your ability.

    The Best Of My Ability ?
    What's that supposed to mean?
    Should I take offence to that?
    Are you insinuating that beacause I'm white I am automaticly a racist?

  • 2-b free Aug 1, 2007

    laschance sorry to here about the loss of your son. What is the web site adress that you mentioned. I would like to check it out.

  • Nancy Aug 1, 2007

    I just did a blog about where our state ranks in drive by shootings, found a study released yesterday that shows, for the first time, drive by statistics. We're not doing so good!


  • skinnycow Aug 1, 2007


    Double standards and biasness(?) is to be expected when we are dealing with a group of people that have very strong opinions about what they believe and who they believe in. I try for the most part to be respectful of others post. Even the ones that push my buttons. I read all posts to see if I can learn a thing or two from others as well. There are more decent than not in these forums as Choppa stated. I just need to focus my attention on the positive.

  • skinnycow Aug 1, 2007


    My stomach aches at the thought of a story in the news about Durham b/c I know the comments that are to follow with it. It was in the early evening hours when I got online to read the news and see what folks had on their mind. And it actually lead to frutiful discussion. Blockhead, Rocknhorse, Choppa, Derrrrrrr, and all who was patrolling the comment sections engaged me in civil conversation and I will say I learned a thing or two from some of them. So to me it was fruitful. I agree with some of what you posted as well. Unfortunately, the media plays a huge part in how we portray everything.

  • mramorak Aug 1, 2007

    Great point jhnewman,but you forgot about driving home to their $500,000 gated community homes.