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Durham police chief's car hit by gunfire

Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said his car was hit by gunfire Thursday afternoon as he was driving. He wasn't injured.

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DURHAM, N.C. — Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said someone fired a shot at his car Thursday afternoon as he was driving.

Lopez said he wasn't injured in the incident, which occurred near the intersection of South Roxboro and Dillard streets.

Lt. Mark Sykes of the Durham Police Department said Lopez was headed to a leadership conference at the Durham County Detention Center when he heard a noise that he thought was a car backfiring.

People in two vehicles were exchanging gunfire, and one shot hit the windshield of Lopez's unmarked car on the passenger side, Sykes said.

”He’s doing good, to have just been shot at like that. He’s doing fine,” Sykes said of Lopez.

Investigators don't know how many people were in the two vehicles involved in the shooting, Sykes said.

One vehicle fled the scene. An unidentified person in the bullet-riddled second car was taken to Duke University Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to the back, Sykes said.

No charges have been filed in the case.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.



Erin Hartness, Reporter
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