Man found shot dead off Carter Avenue in Durham; road closed for hours as police investigate

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Durham officers responding to the 700 block of Carter Avenue found a man dead from a gunshot wound. Police are investigating it as a homicide.

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- Durham police officers are conducting a suspicious-death investigation Thursday on Carter Avenue near Angier Avenue.

Shortly before 12:30 p.m., officers were told that there was possibly a dead person off the road in the 700 block of Carter Avenue. When officers arrived, they found an unresponsive man. EMS pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Police said the investigation showed the man had an apparent gunshot wound. The case is now being investigated as a homicide.

Carter Avenue between Rowena Avenue and Spring Street will be closed for several hours while police investigate. Authorities remained on the scene into the evening.

Neighbors told ABC11 that police cars started arriving on the scene about 12:30 p.m. and there has been a heavy police presence since.

Zuri Muhammad's Carter Avenue neighborhood in Durham was covered with crime tape and Durham Police Officers most of the day Thursday.

"I was surprised and shocked to see a lot of heavy police here because usually nothing ever really happened," said Muhammad, who has lived in the community for nearly two decades.

Neighbors shared the victim is a teen.

"It's really heart wrenching, especially since it happened so close to where I live. And also, there was another shooting that happened near Hillside a couple of weeks ago. I go to my internship that way. So was shocking to see that. Yes, you hear about it, but you never think that it would happen to you, or close to you until it happens," said Muhammad.

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Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Investigator J. Berkstresser at (919) 560-4440 extension 29538 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 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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