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Girl, 13, killed in Durham shooting

Posted May 10, 2011 10:27 p.m. EDT
Updated May 11, 2011 10:43 a.m. EDT

— A 13-year-old Durham girl was killed in a shooting outside an apartment complex Tuesday evening, and police are searching for the killer or killers.

Shakanah China was shot while standing outside 7 Atka Court with several other people, according to police, who responded around 7:30 p.m.

Pete China, Shakanah's uncle, said he saw a van drive by, heard gunshots and realized his niece was hit.

"(Shakanah) wasn't breathing, so I knew she was dead," he said.

Emergency crews took the girl to Duke University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

According to witnesses, someone fired several shots from a green, older model Ford Windstar or Chevrolet Astro van. The van, which had several people inside, was last seen heading west on Holloway Street, police said. 

No charges have been filed and no one is in custody. Anyone with information is asked to call Durham police at 919-560-4440 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

Shakanah was a seventh-grader at Lakeview School in Durham. Extra counselors were on hand Wednesday to talk with students and staff.