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Two teens found shot at vacant house in Durham

Posted December 3, 2013
Updated December 4, 2013

Durham police found two teenage boys shot outside this house on Grace Lane shortly before 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 3, 2013.
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— Police are investigating the shootings of two teenage half-brothers who were found outside a vacant house in Durham Tuesday afternoon.

Officers were called shortly before 1:30 p.m. to Grace Lane and Liberty Street, where the boys, ages 14 and 16, were found and taken to a local hospital with serious injuries. They were both in critical condition early Wednesday morning.

A police spokeswoman said investigators are trying to determine the circumstances surrounding the shootings and could not provide any other information except to say they were shot in a home.

Witnesses said they ran for help and flagged for help and flagged down a bus to call police.

The scene was approximately two miles from a fatal shooting Monday night on Fidelity Drive in which officers found a man lying dead in the road.

Anyone with information about either of the cases can call the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4440 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.


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  • jackaroe123 Dec 6, 2013

    I don't know how old your kids are, raynorteresa, but I know when mine were younger, focusing on their development was a far higher priority than fixing the community. As mine have gotten older and more aware of things beyond themselves, though, taking them WITH me to do things benefiting the community has been a very effective way of doing something for the community while continuing to teach my own kids, and model for them, the value of good citizenship.

  • ThaTruth4 Dec 5, 2013

    My focus in life now is to raise my kids very respectable & hope that everything I teach them they keep with them for when they get out here in this cruel world. I don't even wanna let them go to be quite honest, not with all the bad things I'm constantly reading about. I wish there was something that I could do about all of this crime, perhaps start a group for kids/teens that need about anything/help...(maybe 1 day I'll be able to). For now, all I can do is pray for the world!!

  • jackaroe123 Dec 4, 2013

    "Between 2008 and 2012, black made up 80 percent of the people arrested in District 1, which covers east Durham"

    Okay. Why is that, barfly? When we're talking about specific individuals, no excuses, but when we're looking at statistical trends, it's important to look into why they exist. So tell me why. If you're not willing to go further and offer that explanation, if you're just throwing race-based stats out there w/o explanation, you're essentially giving tacit approval to the idea that by virtue of their ethnicity, Black people are inherently, genetically predisposed to crime and immorality. And that is racist. It's not my "playing the race card" or being "PC." No, that's straight-up, textbook racism. So unless you really are proposing an inherent racial inclination toward crime, what other explanation are you prepared to offer about why Black people are arrested more often?

  • jackaroe123 Dec 4, 2013

    "Whatever! They were both around a loaded gun, whether in their hands or someone else."

    Whatever? So not only do we blame victims of gun violence now, but we're unrepentant about it, too? Is that how you feel about Christina Green, the 9-year-old murdered by Jared Loughner in the Gabrielle Giffords shooting? I mean, whatever the details might have been, she was around a loaded gun, whether in her hands or someone else's.

  • Barfly Dec 4, 2013

    Between 2008 and 2012, black made up 80 percent of the people arrested in District 1, which covers east Durham; 69 percent of those arrested in District 2, covering north Durham; 65 percent of those arrested in District 3, in southwest Durham; and 87 percent of those arrested in District 4, south and southeast Durham. Welcome to Durham.

  • 426X3 Dec 4, 2013

    Durham needs the great community organizer to come in and straighten things out.

  • kikinc Dec 4, 2013

    rescuefan-Don't pay 678devilish any mind. I don't think they think before they post. Of course you would leave your CAR charger in your CAR! And even if the car door was unlocked, it is NOT your fault. Someone still unlawfully entered your property without permission and stole your belongings. Way to blame the victim, huh? (Although I hope you smacked your husband upside the head!)

  • rescuefan Dec 4, 2013

    678devilish, you seem to have some anger issues.

    I never complained about the stuff being taken from my vehicle, it was left unlocked by my husband. No great loss, the GPS was over 5 years old, so I needed a new one anyways. And I always keep my CAR charger for my phone in my CAR. To me that just kind of makes sense.

    How do you know that these kids weren't kidnapped? How do you know they were there on their own free will? How are their parents to blame for something like that? How do you know they were willingly around someone with a loaded gun?

    You make an awful lot of (angry) assumptions.

  • 678devilish Dec 4, 2013

    my SUV and some teenagers took my GPS and cell phone charger.

    Never leave things like that in your car. You are asking for trouble when you do. Your fault.

  • 678devilish Dec 4, 2013

    Tells you the kind of parents these young teenagers have. They both should have been in school. They should never have been around any loaded gun. Hope they find the shooter before he shoots someone else.