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17-year-old killed by stray bullet is fourth homicide in Durham this month

Posted June 24, 2020 7:42 a.m. EDT
Updated June 24, 2020 6:01 p.m. EDT

— Durham's police chief said investigators believe the 17-year-old shot and killed on the 2600 block of Holloway Street on Tuesday night was not the intended target.

Family members said Esahaq Fadhel was hit by a stray bullet as two passing cars fired shots at each other.

Durham Police Chief C.J. Davis said it was a senseless act of violence.​

Police were called about a victim with a gunshot wound at a convenience store on Holloway Street at around 11 p.m. on Tuesday.

Fadhel, who lives in Cary, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fadhel's family owns the convenience store.

In a statement, Davis said police do not believe Fadhel was the intended target, saying, "The Durham Police Department will work relentlessly to identify those persons responsible so justice is ultimately served."

This makes at least the third homicide in Durham in just the last seven days.

Durham Police have not announced any arrests in those three recent homicides.

Police said there have been 15 homicides in the Durham this year, with four of them happening this month alone.

Durham Police are asking anyone with information to come forward.

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