74-year-old woman killed by 'celebratory gunfire' on Fourth of July in Durham
A 74-year-old woman died as a result of "celebratory gunfire" on the Fourth of July in Durham, according to officials.Posted — Updated
For one 74-year-old woman who did venture out, the decision proved deadly. Paulette Thorpe was shot on the 500 block of Burlington Avenue in Durham at around 11 p.m. She was transported to a local hospital and died sometime later, officials said.
One Durham resident said she and her daughter were too afraid to go outside because of all the shooting they could hear.
"Over the last couple of weeks there's been fireworks every night, but last night was really different. There was a lot more people shooting guns into the air last night," she said.
Davenport isn't the only person angry about the gunfire and tragic loss last night. Johnson is demanding change, along with Durham's Police Chief C. J. Davis.
"A small few chose to put our community at risk by carelessly firing guns into the air," said Davis.
"This reckless behavior led to the tragic death of Ms. Paulette Thorpe," Davis said. "Ms. Thorpe’s death reminds us that we as a community must work together to prevent these senseless acts, so that no family suffers such a tragedy ever again.”
By sharing the grim reality of these kinds of shootings, leaders are hoping no other family has to feel this kind of pain.
Durham police are still investigating the incident. Because it is under investigation, no other details were given to the public at this time. If anyone has any information they are encouraged to call Investigator Bongarten at 919-560-4440 ext. 29529.
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