Local News

Boy, 11, wounded in Durham drive-by shooting

Posted June 11, 2008

— Police are searching for the vehicle involved in the shooting of an 11-year-old boy who was playing outside his house Tuesday night.

Witnesses told police that someone inside a white Nissan Maxima fired into the yard of a house at 2503 Glenbrook Drive at about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday.

The boy, a rising fifth-grader, was hit seven times by a bird shot, his mother said. He was taken to Duke University Hospital Tuesday night and was later released.

Neighbors told WRAL News the boy and several other children were outside because there was no air conditioning in their homes. They had seen the car circling the block and thought it was strange.

Police had no further details about the car but ask that anyone with information to call the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4582 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.


This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • whocares Jun 11, 2008

    I was born and raised in DURHAM. Sure there are certain parts of Durham that are not as nice as others, but if you notice, most of the violence comes from people who DO NOT live in that neighborhood. They come to the neighborhood do their damage and then like cowards leave. Some people have no respect for human life, even for the lives of children. There will be a special place for them.

  • nayshahewitt Jun 11, 2008

    I am a resident of Durham, NC and am a former resident of the neighborhood. I am a mom of 3 and know for a fact that this neighborhood is not as bad as the news will have it portrayed. I am well educated with a great corporate job and know that the neighborhood is one full of families trying to make a better life for themselves. This could have happened anywhere in NC or in the country. I don't believe singling out Durham as a "bad place to raise your children". Is it an implication that people who choose to raise their children in Durham, have a 'death wish' for their families? The ignorance needs to cease. The neighborhood has a lot more to offer than by just looking from an online map. I lived there for over 5 years and know first hand what it was like. It contains a commnity center that is utilized regularly by the neighborhood. There is an active neigborhood watch on Glenbrook Drive as well. Don't judge the neighborhood, it is only the peolpe that pass through.

  • scarletindurham Jun 11, 2008

    Durham is completely targeted by the media. If this same thing happened in Raleigh, the headline would read "11 year old boy wounded in drive-by shooting"... nothing about what city it was in.

  • 68_polara Jun 11, 2008

    well put camanderikfan.

  • Mo Jun 11, 2008

    All anyone needs to do is Google the location of these occurances and click the "street view" tap to see what these areas look like in person. I would certainly never go any of these areas on purpose and if I did by accident, I'd move on fast. As for crime numbers, Durham is the highest in the Triangle, but far from the highest in the State. People in other Triangle cities benefit from a low percentage of people living in poverty. Durham has more poor neighborhoods and the crime that exists there. Having grownup in Raleigh, I always say I was "raised in the land of OZ" and have a slanted view of the rest of the country. It's usually a bit shocking to venture outside our unusually well kept and generally safe community.

  • camanderikfan Jun 11, 2008

    I don't think you can single out Durham. This is happening everywhere. It doesn't matter where you live at, you are never safe. I think I'm the only parent in my neighborhood that doesn't allow her children to ride their bikes all over the place even at the edge of dark. I live in Wilson and their are gang symbols painted on the streets. I blame the parents for not controlling their children while they were growing up. They let their friends influence them and then when they get into trouble with those friends (like breaking someones glass door with a rock) the parent get's mad because their child is blamed also. Well they were with them so YES they are at fault. They have no respect for human life at all and think that everyone should bow down to them and I'm sick of it. I feel bad for this young boy and glad it wasn't any worse. The sad truth is that this is only going to continue to get worse.

  • 68_polara Jun 11, 2008

    "Durham has no more crime than Raliegh does." WHAT?

  • dont bother me Jun 11, 2008

    Durham is not as bad as it is seems like in the media. Durham has no more crime than Raliegh does. The media uses Durham as an easy target. As for the comment that it is not safe for kids to play outside. My kids place outside all the time and I LIVE IN DURHAM. This happened in the area of the projects and I believe that that section is under Durham Housing Authorty.

  • Just the facts mam Jun 11, 2008

    It is not even safe for children to be playing in Durham... Is this the USA, or are we living in Iraq??? This is something you would expect to hear about in Sadr City - not in the United States. We are becoming a third world country...

  • tomm175 Jun 11, 2008

    Interesting this happened on the same day as the drive-by in downtown Raleigh... A possible connection?