Durham teen shot in stomach

March 27, 2008 11:01:51 AM PDT
Durham police are searching for a gunman after a teen was shot in the stomach Monday afternoon.

The victim ran about a quarter mile --while bleeding-- before he reached a cell phone store.

The teen stumbled into the front door of Pagers Plus. The shooting scene was about three blocks away.

Inside the store, the victim found store owner Gregory Davis, who called 911.

"911 told me to get a towel and press against the wound. I pressed against the wound," Davis said. "They told me the ambulance was on the way. And basically, they told me to try to keep him awake."

An EMS team tried to keep the victim talking as they treated a gunshot wound to his stomach.

The victim was taken away to a local hospital.

Police soon swarmed in on a house on Fisher Place, an area neighbors say is known for drug and gang activity.

"There's so much activity over there. I'm 6-2, 250 lbs. I don't even walk through that block. I don't even go over there," said Bill Thompson, a Durham business owner.

Thompson recently opened a business in the Phoenix Crossing strip mall where the shooting victim ran for help. He says the drug dealing has even come into the mall.

"When we first opened up our agency here, they were actually doing transactions in front of our door," he said. "It's sad to say this had to happen. But I hope that this does brighten a light on activity in this area because it's starting to happen quite often."

Police question neighbors and turned a canine loose to sniff for the shooter. So far, there have been no arrests.


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