Robbery Turns into Shooting, Carjacking, Kidnapping; Infant Not Harmed After Car Crashes
Posted July 17, 1996 7:00 a.m. EDT
DURHAM — July 18, 1996 - 12:50 p.m. EDT
An infant was caught in the middle of a robbery shootout and a carjacking today in Durham.
The child's father was buying a car battery at an Advance Auto Parts store when shots rang out from inside a pawn shop next door.
Police say several armed suspects shot at a gun case inside Pat's Pawn Shop on Holloway Street, robbed some customers, then fled.
The owner of the pawn shop said the suspects created a frightening scene.
Durham police say two pawn shop customers also were robbed. But the violence didn't end there.
Next door, in the Advance Auto Parts parking lot, a customer had just bought a battery and got into his car. A clerk heard the gunshots and saw the robbers approach the customer.
Eyewitness Dieva Hill said the chaos continued outside when the baby's father realized what was going on.
The suspects sped off, but their getaway car crashed at Liberty and Alston Streets. a href="/news/graphics/wral/jacked-car.jpg">
Witness Betty Pilgrim saw that part.
Police recovered more than a dozen handguns and a bag of cash from the pawnshop. One suspect was severely injured; the other fled the scene before police arrived