::Police Car Shot At Six Times In Durham
From Raleigh Chronicle Staff And Wire Reports
Saturday, August 18, 2007
DURHAM - According to Durham Police, an occupied police car was shot at six times during an undercover operation. In addition, police are seeking clues about two other shootings only 15 minutes apart that injured four young men in town.
Durham police investigators are asking for information about three shooting incidents that occurred last week.
The Durham Police Department says officers were conducting a covert surveillance operation in the 1000 block of Sedgefield Street in town, when the two officers in the vehicle slowed down to speak with a woman in front of an apartment building around 11:50pm.
As the officers started to drive off, Durham Police say that around six shots were fired at the vehicle.
Luckily, the officers were not injured, but two bullets hit the vehicle near the rear tail light. The police officers could not immediately locate the shooter and two people were questioned that night, but no charges were filed.
After a police dog was brought out, Durham Police say that they found a gun behind a house in vicinity.
Two Other Shooting Cases
Durham Police say they are also still investigating two other shootings in Durham in recent weeks. Both shooting incidents took place on July 30th on Gray Avenue and Fidelity Drive.
Four people were wounded, but luckily, the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, say Durham Police.
Police say that 19 year old Anthony Doberson of Durham was arrested as one suspect in the cases. However, police investigators say that they believe that up to three other men were involved.
Gray Avenue Shooting
The first incident was called in to police at 9:03pm in the 600 block of Gray Avenue.
According to the report, three men -- two 17 year olds and one 19 year old -- were shot in the legs.
Police say that two victims were treated at the scene and one was taken to Duke University Hospital for treatment.
Witnesses told officers that an older model
burgundy and gray van came down the street and turned around.
As the van passed the victims, an occupant opened the van's sliding door and started shooting, said people at the scene.
Fidelity Drive Shooting
Fifteen minutes later another 19-year-old male was shot in the leg in the 1300 block of Fidelity Drive, say police.
A man got out of a burgundy and gray van and fired several shots at the victim, who was taken to Duke University Hospitals for treatment.
Within minutes, the Durham Police Department says that Officer C.T. Skarzynski spotted a burgundy and gray van -- which was identical in appearance to the other shooting -- on Hardee Street and stopped it on Liberty Street.
Police say that the driver, Doberson, was taken into custody and three other males jumped from the van.
Investigators do not have a description of the other suspects. Officers say they found two handguns inside the van.
Anyone with information on any of these shooting incidents is asked to call Durham Police Investigator A.B. Laeng in Durham at 919-560-4582, ext. 235 or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200. ::