Police: Recent shootings unrelated

June 23, 2009 4:20:52 AM PDT
The Durham Police Department wants the public's help with three recent shootings involving children.Investigators do not believe the incidents are related.

"We are asking the community to help us solve these cases," Durham Police Chief Jose L. Lopez said. "We know that there are people who have information on these shootings and we need them to come forward."

The most recent one happened Saturday on Atka Court. A 16-year-old girl was shot in the back of the head while standing in a parking lot.

She remains in stable condition. A male was seen running to a dark-colored SUV that was parked near the scene. The SUV, which was occupied by three other people, sped from the scene.

On June 14, a 14-year-old was shot in the buttocks while on Hart Street.

The victim was walking with two other children when shots were fired from a gray vehicle similar to a Chrysler PT Cruiser. Bullets also struck two parked vehicles and a stop sign.

In the third incident on May 23, a 7-year-old was shot in the foot outside an apartment on South Hoover Rd.

According to witnesses, shots were fired from a green 4-door vehicle, possibly similar to a Ford Escort. Police believe another person returned fire at the vehicle.

"I know some people may be apprehensive about providing information, but we need your help to make this a safer community for all of our children in all of our neighborhoods," Mayor Bill Bell said.

Anyone with information about the crimes should call District 1 investigators at 560-4281 or CrimeStoppers at 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.


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