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Xterra sought after shots in neighborhood near Duke

Posted October 9, 2013

— Durham police are looking for a yellow Nissan Xterra which witnesses said traveled through a neighborhood near Duke University's East Campus Wednesday morning, with someone inside firing shots that damaged several parked vehicles and a house.

Residents in the historic Trinity Park neighborhood reported seeing the SUV driving slowly down Lamond Avenue and Watts Street around 7 a.m. and said it appeared someone inside the vehicle was randomly firing shots.

No one was injured, but a bullet pierced through the exterior wall of a house where Duke student Alex Buben and his housemates live and lodged itself in the interior wall.

"At this point, we are just really lucky that no one was hit," Buben said.

The windows of his SUV – one of five vehicles hit – were also shattered.

Two windows of Geoffrey Mock's car were also hit.

Mock said he was standing in his front doorway when he saw the Xterra traveling down his street and noticed a red dot from a laser sight on his car.

"I figured I probably should just get out of the way," Mock said. "When I did that, I heard the gunshots."

He looked back outside, he said, and saw that two of his car windows had been shattered.

"It's a pretty quiet and peaceful neighborhood," Mock said. "It's just entirely random, and I can't imagine why they would do that."

Some neighbors said that, although they were shaken by the gunshots, they believe it is an isolated incident.

"It's a little unsetting," Buben said. "I didn't think something like this could happen in this neighborhood, but it's just proof that we need to be a little more careful."

Still, that's not comforting for Barbara Williams, who owns BW&A book-making business on Lamond Avenue. She said employees usually arrive for work around 8 a.m.

"The thought that someone would be in the parking lot and hit by a bullet – it's just mind-blowing," Williams said.

Police are investigating a motive for the shootings and asking anyone with any information about the crime 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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  • Phyxius1 Oct 11, 2013

    Durham, such a wonderful city....not. And the gun advocates still think that MORE guns is a good idea, will probably suggest that Geoffrey Mock should have had his rifle in hand, and taken a pre-emptive shot at the Nissan.
    fredk

    You do realize that Raleigh has had far more shootings, stabbing and robberies lately than Durham ? They could have done the same with a rock, slingshot, bottle or bat..Guns are not the only things that damage and kill...

  • mike275132 Oct 10, 2013

    Just another Wed morning in Durham,

    Now even the Cars are firing guns ?

  • farm Oct 9, 2013

    "How about some effort in catching the folks in the yellow Nissan Xterra before someone gets killed!"

    I'll get right on that..

  • pulstar40 Oct 9, 2013

    Someone starts randomly shooting (with a laser sight no less) at 7 am and most comments are directed at why someone was standing in their front doorway. As if the person standing in his home was doing something wrong. Which neighborhood is next? Is there a school bus stop nearby? How about some effort in catching the folks in the yellow Nissan Xterra before someone gets killed!

  • LovemyPirates Oct 9, 2013

    Maybe he was looking to see if the paper had been delivered.

  • elyhim2 Oct 9, 2013

    I used to have coffee and a smoke on the porch at 5 AM it's the only place you can smoke as Durham has a no smoking law on the sidewalk, streets etc..

  • krimson Oct 9, 2013

    "Does anyone else think it's weird that the witness was standing in his doorway at 7am?"

    Maybe he was smoking a cigarette???

  • Scubagirl Oct 9, 2013

    "Does anyone else think it's weird that the witness was standing in his doorway at 7am? I don't think I've ever decided to stand at my door just to look around--and definitely not at 7 in the morning."

    Nope not in the least! However, I do find it a little odd that you would consider it strange.......

  • farm Oct 9, 2013

    "Does anyone else think it's weird that the witness was standing in his doorway at 7am? I don't think I've ever decided to stand at my door just to look around--and definitely not at 7 in the morning."

    No I don't. Maybe they were waiting for the carpool or school bus or watching a jogger go by or checking to see if it was raining or watching their neighbors dog go potty in their yard. I find it weird that you comment about what time somebody looks out their door. What are you doing at 7 on a Wednesday morning?

  • kikinc Oct 9, 2013

    You're welcome, Hasbeen. I'm sure areas that are as close to downtown as the area referenced in this article are often referred to as downtown often. The corner of Watts and Lamond is one block from Main St. I'd consider it downtown.

    And I've stood in my doorway at 7 am before. Sometimes I'm looking out to see what the weather's like, and other times (when I had a subscription) I'd look for my paper. It's not really that strange. If I looked outside, and something struck me as "off," I'd take a better look around.

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