Police search for clues in drive-by shooting

August 21, 2008 4:24:11 PM PDT
A Durham woman is pleading with the public to help police catch the shooter who opened fire in her neighborhood, leaving her injured.Stray bullets flew during a drive-by shooting in the middle of the afternoon on Aug. 11.

Durham Police spent Thursday morning canvassing the McDougald Terrace neighborhood, going door to door, handing out fliers, offering a reward for information leading to an arrest.

The woman who was hit says she is physically going to be okay, but is still extremely shaken by what happened.

"I was getting out the back of my car, and it went through the back of my ear, and out of the front, and I saw the bullet when it curved, instead of hitting me in the face, I saw after it hit me it curved and went another direction," victim Allison McClaine said.

Police say it wasn't gang-related; rather the result of an argument. McClaine was an innocent bystander.

"I said, 'I'm hit, I'm hit,' like that and then everybody stopped running," she said.

Durham police swarmed McDougald Terrace shortly afterward but no arrests were made.

"If they're willing to talk to us now, we talk to them then. If they're not willing to talk to us now, we ask them to call Crime stoppers, which they don't have to give their name or anything like that, we just want their information," Durham police investigator H.J. Burwell III said.

"Just please tell everybody who knows who shot me, please come forward, let the authorities handle, I don't want them to shoot back or nothing like that, just please let the police handle it," McClaine added.


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