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Son says his father was targeted in Durham murder Sunday

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) - Durham police are investigating a murder that happened Sunday night, officials said.

UPDATE: Slain Durham man's wife got in shootout with gunmen, police say

Officers responded to the 4600 block of Carlton Crossing Drive around 11:15 p.m. Upon arrival, officers found Hong Zheng, 42, dead at the scene in his driveway with an apparent gunshot wound.

His son told CBS 17 that he believes his parents were targeted. They own a Chinese restaurant nearby at a shopping center at the intersection of S. Roxboro Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway.

UPDATE: Slain Durham man's wife got in shootout with gunmen, police say

Witnesses said there were two groups of people outside the home when Zheng and his wife arrived there. His son said he grabbed a gun for his mother.

He said his parents have been targeted before at their home.


A bullet went into the window of the home of a couple living across the street.

The woman who lives there, who asked not be identified, said she heard several gunshots. She came to the window to see what was happening.

At first, she thought it was hail from Sunday night’s storm.

UPDATE: Slain Durham man's wife got in shootout with gunmen, police say

“You just cannot comprehend this happening in this neighborhood,” she said. “We know there’s evil people in the world, and they don’t care where they do things. And, it’s interesting they didn’t try to rob them where there were a lot of people out. It was 11 o’clock at night. There’s rain. I think they just decided they’d take a great opportunity while no one was around.”

Police did not say if anyone else was injured in the shooting.

Neighbors said several of them rushed over to try to help Zheng after he was shot.

Police have not announced any arrests.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Cramer at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29284 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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