2 deadly shootings keep Durham police busy on a violent night in the Bull City

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Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Man on scooter shot near BP gas station in Durham
Durham Police are investigating after a man on a scooter was shot near a BP gas station on Tuesday night

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- Durham police are investigating two separate fatal shootings that happened Tuesday night.

The shootings do not appear to be related. They also don't appear to be random, police said Wednesday as the Bull City continues to see a surge in violent crime.

The first shooting was reported shortly before 9:15 p.m. when an officer was flagged down on Alston Avenue and told that someone had been shot.

Officers found a wrecked vehicle occupied by two people on Alston Avenue near Juniper Street.

Both occupants, a man and a teenage boy had been shot and were taken to a hospital. The man died at the hospital a short time later. The teenager was stable on Wednesday morning, DPD said.

Initial reports indicated that the shooting victim had been riding a scooter near a BP gas station at the corner of Holloway Street and Alston Avenue.

But Wednesday, DPD said Investigators believe the victims were shot by a man on the scooter who then fled before officers arrived.

An electric scooter was seen lying on the sidewalk Tuesday night as Durham police officers descended on the scene.

Officers said they believe the victims drove a few blocks from the scene before crashing.

The shooting remains under investigation. No arrests have been made.

And in the 500 block of West Carver Street, just before 10 p.m., a woman was shot.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The fatal shootings came a day after Durham Mayor Elaine O'Neal discussed the surge in gun violence in the Bull City.

Durham residents say they are weary of the senseless violence and hope for solutions.

Anyone with information about the shooting on North Alston Avenue is asked to call Investigator Kellar at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29306. Anyone with information about the shooting on West Carver Street is asked to call Investigator Sokal at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29238. People with information are also asked to call 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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