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September shooting at Durham house party unsolved

Posted December 11, 2010 10:52 p.m. EST
Updated December 11, 2010 11:14 p.m. EST

— Seven men and one woman were shot, and two of them were seriously injured, when shots rang out at a house party in Durham in September. The shooting remains unsolved, and police are urging anyone with information to come forward.

Margaret Austin has lived near the corner of Delano Street and Fidelity Street in Durham for nearly 30 years. She said she always felt safe, until she heard a "barrage of bullets" around 4 a.m. Sept. 5.

"I thought it was firecrackers, but then it got real intense," Austin said.

Witnesses told police that a car stopped in front of the house and the people inside started firing.

"It was just loud gunshots, between 10 to 12 gunshots," said neighbor George Broady. "I was just scared so I got up, and then I just started hearing people running down the street just screaming."

A woman who called 911 said it sounded like a shoot-out. A second woman caller said that it sounded like two different guns were being fired.

Investigators recovered a gun from the scene. They said the house was known locally as a "liquor house," a slang term for a place that sells and serves liquor illegally.

"This sends a message to individuals who would want to frequent such an unlicensed entertainment location, not to do so because it does breed a lot of criminal activity," said Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez.

Anyone with information about this crime can call NC Wanted's tipline at 1-866-439-2683. Tips are forwarded to Durham police and are often eligible for a reward.