::Durham Investigates Shooting Of 14 Year Old
From Staff And Wire Reports
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
DURHAM - Durham police are investigating a homicide that occurred late Sunday night on Driver Street that left a 14 year old girl dead in what many are calling a senseless act of violence.
Tanisha Cartnal, age 14, of Fidelity Drive has been named as the victim in the shooting.
The shooting has few details and police are still looking for a motive.
According to Durham Police, on Sunday night a white sport utility vehicle occupied by five people was traveling north on Driver Street near Taylor Street shortly before 11pm when shots were fired into the vehicle.
The driver of the SUV drove to Fidelity Drive, where police and an ambulance were called.
Tanisha Cartnal, a 14 year old passenger in the back seat of the SUV, was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound at the scene.
Police also say that a 16 year old female was treated for a bullet graze wound to the head and her injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.
Investigators say they have no description of a suspect and have not determined a motive.
Because of the age of the victim and the apparent lack of motive, the shooting has received much media attention.
On Monday, a press conference was held in Durham attended by Police Chief Steven Chalmers, Durham Mayor Bill Bell and City Manager Patrick Baker.
The city has formed an intensive investigation into the case and according to at least one media report, investigators have been brought in from outside the area to canvas the neighborhood for any clues as to the shooter's identity. ::