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Durham police release new info about multiple shooting

Posted September 6, 2010
Updated September 8, 2010

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— Durham police released some revised information Monday about the multiple shooting that happened early Sunday in the 1100 block of Delano Street.

Police initially said 10 people were wounded, but on Monday, Chief Jose Lopez said the correct number is eight. Two of the eight people suffered serious injuries, he said. The victims included seven men and one woman, all from Durham, ranging in age from 19 to 45 years old.

Six were taken to Duke University Hospital, and two to Durham Regional Hospital.

Police also said on Sunday that witnesses told them that some unidentified people in a vehicle opened fire at the house at 1102 Delano St. On Monday, Lopez said officers are not sure if the shooter or shooters were standing around or in a vehicle. The crowd numbered about 70 people at the time of the shooting.

Crime scene investigators recovered a handgun about a block away from the house, which was being used as a "liquor house," according to Lopez. "Liquor house" is slang for a place that sells and serves liquor without a license or permit.

“I'm hopeful that this sends a message to individuals who would want to frequent such an unlicensed entertainment location not to do so because it does breed a lot of criminal activity,” Lopez said.

There is no indication that the shooting was gang-related, Lopez added.

Investigators have not determined a motive or developed information about suspects. 

Durham Mayor Bill Bell said solving the case is a high priority.

“Just the audacity that someone would come and do something like this, it's unconscionable and something the city cannot allow,” Bell said.

Residents say people who live in the house where the shooting happened hold a lot of parties. The shooting has some of them concerned about the safety of the area.

“Because we still don't know what's happening out here, and there's children out here, it's just bad for the community,” resident Creshia Roberts said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.

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  • outback1967 Sep 7, 2010

    "Many times the police are unaware of the existence of a liquor house until and incident occurs. Generally, the only way you find out about them is if you know a patron and they tell you about it." Wake up its every 1st or when ever welfare checks are sent out!!

  • issymayake Sep 7, 2010

    rroadrunner99,

    Many times the police are unaware of the existence of a liquor house until and incident occurs. Generally, the only way you find out about them is if you know a patron and they tell you about it.

    Furthermore, even if the police are aware of it; they probably ignore it to handle more violent offenders. Generally, liquor house owners/patrons don't draw much attention to themselves. Finally, the police would have to prove that the establishment is actually selling liquor. The Chief of Police gave an explanation that is the simplest to understand; however many liquor houses are BYOBB.

  • rroadrunner99 Sep 7, 2010

    "Crime scene investigators recovered a handgun about a block away from the house, which was being used as a "liquor house," according to Lopez. "Liquor house" is slang for a place that sells and serves liquor without a license or permit."

    Now If the Police Chief knew this was an Illegal Liquor House, then why had it not been raided and closed down prior to the shooting? In the Chief's own quote he say's it was an illegal liquor house. So what was Law Enforcement doing while they were selling liquor illegally?

  • wildcat Sep 7, 2010

    So sad how some parents are raising their children today. Pray for all young people.

  • issymayake Sep 7, 2010

    ccs1920;

    No lies are the enemy of the truth. Liquor houses existed in various forms before Lyndon Johnson. That makes your statement inaccurate.

  • Trabman_san Sep 7, 2010

    Restore the Constitution. Period!

    Removed ALL the liberal "Infringements"(aka gun control laws that are on the books) on the law abiding citizens and allow those that choose to carry guns, carry them! Problem solved!

    Yes.... at first there will be some dead folks. Dead "BAD FOLKS"! Those who try to rob, rape, steal, etc. But it won't take long before the message is sent Loud & Clear.

  • ccs1920 Sep 7, 2010

    issymayake/ Political correctness is the enemy of the truth.

  • issymayake Sep 7, 2010

    ccs1920,

    Liquor houses were around way before than Lyndon Johnson became president. The rest of your comment was just unnecessary. BTW, Raleigh and every other town/city in the south has them.

  • ccs1920 Sep 7, 2010

    csplantlover/ Liquor houses are places for social gatherings. Drink, gamble and party all night. Sleep all day with the exception of the days that the benefit checks come in the mail.
    This is a by-product of President Lyndon Johnson's GREAT SOCIETY.

  • csplantlover Sep 7, 2010

    And yes, and Mayor Dumb-Bell needs to be run out of town. He is probably one of the biggest problems in that town. And the Chief of Police isn't far behind.......need a good cleansing over in Durham, I think......

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