9 year old dies following Durham shooting that also injured mother

Jaeden Sharpe and his mother Lakeisha Holloway
January 10, 2014 7:40:46 AM PST
The Durham Police Department said Friday that a 9-year-old boy injured in a shooting last Saturday evening has died.

Jaden Sharpe and his mother  - 31-year-old Lakeisha Holloway - were found inside their gold SUV on Halyard Court, following the 6 p.m. shooting on Lucas Drive. Police said Holloway was able to drive a few blocks to get help.

Jaden - a third grader - was taken off life-support Thursday and later passed away after suffering a gunshot wound to the head. Holloway is still in the hospital and is scheduled to undergo surgery Friday.

The victims' family told ABC11 in a previous interview that when the shooting happened, the Durham mother was bringing three kids to a sleepover and had just pulled into her driveway for a moment so one of her sons could grab a video game.

"Some random guy just walks up to the car, and she said he looked at her...and just shot her, and looked in the backseat, and just shot her son," said the victims' aunt Theresa Reid.

"One of the other kids said 'duck down'...and by the time he said that...everything had happened, everything had happened...it was total chaos," she added.

Holloway was shot in the face. The family told ABC11 that when the gunman walked up to the driver's side door, Holloway flinched and turned her head as he pulled the trigger - causing a bullet to pierce her nose and her jaw.

"You have to be an evil being, no God to do something like that," said Reid.

Family told ABC11 Holloway drove quickly to a loved one's house where police were called.

Reid says her niece is a hardworking, loving mom who cherishes her children.

"Her son did not deserve this...they have not done anything to anybody...so we just ask for everybody's prayers," Reid said.

The Durham family thinks they were targeted Saturday night, but police are not saying why.

Police are asking for the public's help in solving the act of violence.

Investigators are still trying to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident. No suspect information to release at this time and no charges have been filed. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (919) 683-1200.

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