Still no suspects in Durham shooting that left man paralyzed

Three men opened fire on Isaiah Parrish on Halloween, leaving him paralyzed
April 4, 2013 3:16:58 PM PDT
A group of gunmen opened fire on a former basketball standout last October leaving him paralyzed, and police have yet to make any arrests in the case.

It was Halloween night when Isaiah Parrish left his Durham apartment and walked to a nearby store. Three men in their 20s followed him and opened fire, leaving Parrish for dead.

"They didn't try to rob me. They just shot me and took off running. One of the bullets lodged in my spine," Parrish said.

Although they didn't steal his money, Parrish said he was robbed of something far more valuable. Once a standout athlete at Durham's Southern High School, he is now paralyzed from the waist down.

The former state champion survived seven gunshot wounds, but months later is frustrated there hasn't been an arrest in the case.

"After I got shot, I saw people still in that parking lot. So somebody knows something," Parrish said.

Parrish reached out to ABC11 and said investigators were slow to respond and took months to follow up after he was released from the hospital.

"I'm very frustrated. I just feel like the city of Durham could be doing more than what they're doing," Parrish said.

Durham police said they lost contact with Parrish when he moved to a handicap accessible home. Investigators said their other challenge is that people with information are unwilling to come forward.

There is a cash reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. Parrish hopes it is enough to convince someone to come forward.

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