Residents say car chase, shootout was uncommon for Durham neighborhood
Posted October 3
Durham, N.C. — Durham police are investigating a shooting during a weekend car chase.
Officers responded around 5:20 p.m. on Saturday to a shooting call at 108 W. Maynard Ave. in the Northgate Park neighborhood. Witnesses told police that a gray vehicle was chasing an aqua blue vehicle down the road as occupants in both vehicles shot at each other.
Residents in the area said it is typical to see children playing in the streets on a Saturday, and they worry kids and families could easily have been hurt.
"We heard a round of say five, then a second round of five," resident Carol Henderson said. "Here we are in our happy little neighborhood and something potentially life threatening happens in the blink of an eye."
Isaac Clark watched the incident unfold from the porch of the house he's lived in for 65 years.
"I see two speeding cars shooting at each other, riding down the street and another burst of five or six shots right in front of my house. They circled around the block and kept shooting at each other," he said. "It was surprising, very surprising."
Residents are confident Saturday's violence had nothing to do with their neighborhood and believe it was spillover from another area.
"I think two kids just turned off of Roxboro Road into our neighborhood and were shooting at each other," said neighbor Sara Carter.
Carter has lived in the neighborhood since 1990 and said she won't let the violence spoil the home she loves.
"We're very strong here and we can draw on that strength. We have a great reserve of friendliness and well-being and don't need to be afraid," she said.
Police said witnesses could not verify a description of the suspect.
Shell casings were collected from the scene.
It was not immediately clear if anyone was hurt during the incident.