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Four Dead, Two Injured In Durham Shootings

Posted November 21, 2005 11:54 a.m. EST
Updated May 18, 2007 11:38 a.m. EDT

— Police have yet to make any arrests in a quadruple homicide that occurred Saturday night in an upscale Durham neighborhood, but said Sunday afternoon that witnesses saw three men running from the area where shots were heard.

At about 9:44 p.m. Saturday, Durham police responded to a call at 2222 Alpine Drive in the Breckenridge subdivision where they found a man, whose name was not released, sitting outside a townhouse bleeding from his face.

Inside the residence, officers said they found four men who had apparently been shot to death. Their names were not released pending notification of next-of-kin.

A sixth man who was injured in the shooting was also found inside the home. He and the man found outside were taken to Duke University Medical Center, police said. One man is doing fine; the other is listed in serious condition.

A Durham police detective said all six men -- in their late teens and early 20s -- were victims of the shooting.

"It was just a horrific, senseless, shocking crime," said Durham Police Department spokeswoman Kammie Michael. "It's hard to describe something that left four young men in such a violent manner."

Police also said that three men were seen running from the area of the shooting after shots were heard. One was described as a black male with a light complexion, standing 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. He was wearing dark jeans and a black-and-white jacket.

The second man fleeing the scene was described as a stocky black male, standing 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds. He was wearing a burgundy flight jacket and jeans.

The third man was described as a black male with a medium complexion, standing 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. He was wearing a black flight jacket and blue jeans.

Neighbors who gathered outside the crime scene on Sunday expressed disbelief that the killing could happen in their neighborhood, which is less than a mile from the Hope Valley Country Club.

"We were so surprised because nothing ever happens around here in our area," a three-year resident of the neighborhood told WRAL.

Kelly Mullins, who lives two doors from the scene, said she heard a few loud thuds through the wall Saturday night, but figured it was a neighbor moving furniture.

Mullins said she'd met at least one of the men living in the house and that they appeared to be young professionals or college students.

Investigators, who still have no motive for the shootings, ask that anyone with information about the case to call the Durham Police Department at (919) 560-4440 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200.