Durham teen accused of shooting woman in the eye

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Tyrease Anderson (image courtesy Durham Police Department)

Police have arrested a Durham 16-year-old after he allegedly shot a woman in the eye with a pellet gun.

It happened just after 3 p.m. Tuesday at a bus stop on Witherspoon Boulevard. Police said the 43-year-old victim had just applied for a job at a nearby business and learned three teens had left the business without paying for purchases.

The woman spoke to the teens at the bus stop and Tyrease Anderson allegedly pulled out a pellet gun and shot her. The woman underwent emergency surgery but still may lose the eye.

After the shooting, all three teens ran. One was found inside a nearby Home Depot store. The others were captured nearby.

Anderson is charged with malicious maiming, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, felony conspiracy, injury to property, defrauding an innkeeper and misdemeanor conspiracy.

Bond was set at $500,000.

The other teens, who are both 14, face charges of injury to property and defrauding an innkeeper.

The case remains under investigation. Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call Investigator D. Smith at (919) 560-4583, ext. 29366 or Investigator K. Owens at (919) 560-4583, ext. 29365.

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