Police were called to Duke Manor Monday night just before 9 p.m. When officers arrived they found the guard lying outside.
The complex caters to college students.
Resident and Central student K'La Moore said she heard the guns fired around 8:30 p.m.
"It was consistent and then it stopped and then it started again. So I'm thinking it was like two different guns because it sounded different as well," said Moore. "Maybe about 30 seconds after that, I heard a car drive off extremely fast."
Police said it appears the security guard interrupted a burglary in progress at an apartment.
The victim has not been identified. Police said he is 21 years old and stable right now at the hospital.
He is the 12th person shot in Durham in four days.
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"It shocked me because it's really quiet out here the majority of the time," said Moore. "I moved-in in July, so to hear something like that it was scary."
Management at the complex would not comment on the shooting.
There have been no arrests.
Police are asking anyone with information to call CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200.
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