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Durham Teenagers Face Charges in Shooting Linked to Gang Status

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DURHAM (AP) — Durham police say three teen-agers who allegedly shot and wounded one another to gain status in a gang have been charged with various crimes.

A 14-year-old boy and two 15-year-old boys face charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, and possession of a weapon of mass destruction.

One of the 15-year-olds already was in custody at a Durham youth home. He is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill for allegedly shooting at family members.

The two other teens, who were not identified because they are juveniles, will be taken into custody once a petition for their detention is obtained.

Charges stem from a July 28th incident involving four youngsters who plotted to shoot one another in the legs as part of a ``promotion ceremony'' to enhance their gang status.

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