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Police: 2 children, 1 teen shot in Durham

Posted August 21, 2016

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— Officials say a 16-year-old and two children were shot late Saturday in Durham.

Around 11:30 p.m., officers with the Durham Police Department responded to a shooting in the 600 block of Reservoir Street.

They found three males, a teenager and two 11-year-old children, with gunshot wounds. One of the 11-year-old boys was seriously injured in the shooting and remains in the hospital, officials say.

According to the brother of one of the victims, the boys were playing outside in the street when the shooting occurred.

“All of a sudden, I heard some ‘pop, pop, pop, pop pow’ and next thing I know, we were ducking; people running around here man, scattering everywhere,” said neighbor Bernard Hatley.

In the daylight Sunday morning, a bullet hole was plainly visible in Hatley’s Toyota Camry. He was inside his home when the incident occurred and didn’t see where the shots came from.

“I just call it something random, you know. It’s sad, just sad man,” Hatley said. “It’s a sad day for me, knowing what happened to the kids in this neighborhood.”

The brother of one of the victims said his parents are out of the country and family members at the homes of the other two victims did not want to speak.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.


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  • Janet Ghumri Aug 22, 11:06 a.m.
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    I'm not sure if I missed something, but I don't see any race mentioned in the article.
    I don't believe that children being outside at any time of day or night qualifies them for being in any way partly responsible for being SHOT. Have we lost human compassion for everyone of a different race? These children, and the families should not be picked apart based solely on what is chosen to be reported by the media. Maybe, just maybe, if we can look past the tidbits the media spoon feed us, we can see that these children are not the ones at fault. The person who shot at them is the one that should be looked into. The one who pulled the trigger is the one who deserves the brunt of our combined outrage. Prayers for the families, and prayers for those who vilify the victims.

  • Clarence Drumgoole Aug 21, 6:19 p.m.
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    Cain killed Able, what race, were they again?

  • Woodrow Yonts Aug 21, 3:02 p.m.
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    Yea, that's what it was. Your a smart guy Paul.

    "According to the brother of one of the victims, the boys were PLAYING outside in the street when the shooting occurred."

  • John White Aug 21, 2:35 p.m.
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    Just sad that kids are out that late playing you would think they would be inside. But then I don't know the life they lead or the parents whereabouts apparently they are out since the brother of one of them makes the statement. No age listed for the brother so he could be much older and the adult looking after them. We assume brothers are close in age but that is not always the case.

    From the article "According to the brother of one of the victims, the boys were playing outside in the street when the shooting occurred."

  • Jonathan Adams Aug 21, 2:14 p.m.
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    La la land again. This is planet earth TRY living here instead of the liberal utopia.

  • Justin Briller Aug 21, 1:59 p.m.
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    I agree Skip, the media makes it a point to mention the race if it helps their ratings and supports the lefts cause. I hope it backfires on the political pundits for catering to the false narrative of the BLM folks. I can't believe any elected official would turn their backs on LEO's when MOST of the time the victims were guilty of a crime. Hopefully in November that will all get resolved.

  • Skip Harris Aug 21, 12:02 p.m.
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    Well, that is because they only mention race when it fits certain narratives. Have you ever noticed that the only time that they rarely report that a suspect is white? In that case race is generally omitted entirely. Or, as the case here shows, if it is black on black crime (which this almost certainly is) it is omitted as well. I like the attempt at positivity but I have to wonder if that degree of caution extends to other matters.

  • Pete Knowles Aug 21, 11:01 a.m.
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    With that being said, Skip, as Paul pointed out, we don't know circumstances. Perhaps parents work several jobs and aren't at home. Maybe the 16 yr old is looking after them and had a reason to have them out. Maybe the 16yr old made a bad decision. It seems, by many comments made in general on WRAL , if you tell the race of people you get accused of using the "race card", and if they don't tell what race a person is, they get accused of coving something up.

  • Skip Harris Aug 21, 10:44 a.m.
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    You are right that everything shouldn't be about race. With that being said I think that many posters are reacting to the fact the the medi makes everything about race. Read most stories and you will see the AP or WRAL or whatever other media source insert race where it has no place being inserted. It seems the first question reporters ask is what was the race of the people involved. There are certainly some ignorant comments made at different times but there are other issues going on as well.

  • Skip Harris Aug 21, 10:40 a.m.
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    I appreciate your sentiment but no one in their right mind would let any child walk in that area at 11:30 at night.