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Two shot near Hillside High

Posted February 23

— Two people were shot Thursday morning a couple of blocks from Hillside High School in Durham, police said.

The shooting occurred at about 10:30 a.m. on Tralea Drive and Four Seasons Drive, police said.

"I’m shot. I'm shot. I'm shot," one of the victims told a 911 dispatcher. "Hurry up. I'm shot in the head. Hurry up."

The second victim can be heard yelling in pain in the background during the call.

The caller said they were in a car and stopped at a store on Fayetteville Street near Hillside High.

Police arrived to cordon off part of a gas station's parking lot on Fayetteville Street at Cook Road, across the street from the school, to collect evidence from a Toyota Camry.

Both victims suffered serious wounds and were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, police said.

Hillside High and W.G. Pearson Elementary School were under lockout conditions – outside access was restricted, but classes continued as normal inside – for a short time after the shooting, Durham Public Schools officials said.

"You hear gunshots in the neighborhood, but for it to be this magnitude, that’s terrible," said Carrie Rogers, who has lived on Tralea Drive for 37 years.

"It's too close for comfort," Rogers said, noting two of her grandchildren live next door. "If you walk out your house, you don’t know what’s going to happen. I’m very unnerved by it."

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