1 dead, 4 others wounded in 2 drive-by shootings within minutes in Durham

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) –One person died and four others were shot in two drive-by incidents just six minutes apart on Monday night, police say.

The first incident happened around 10:23 p.m. as two men were walking in 1200-block Wabash Street, according to Durham police.

A dark-colored vehicle drove near the pair and someone inside the vehicle began shooting. One victim was shot in his hand. The other victim was hit by gunfire in his leg, police said.

Both were taken to a nearby hospital in a private vehicle for treatment of injuries that police said are not life-threatening.

Just six minutes after the incident on Wabash Street, another drive-by shooting happened — this time at a bus stop near the corner of Liberty and Dillard streets, according to police.

A woman and two men were at the bus stop when a dark-colored car drove by and someone inside began shooting at the victims, Durham police said.

One man, identified as Kerry Graham Jr., 24, of Durham, was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. The woman was grazed by a bullet on her hip and was treated at the scene, police said.

No charges have been filed at this time in Graham Jr.’s death.

The other man was hit in the upper left shoulder and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

David Dixon was headed to get gas Monday night when he heard gunshots near Liberty and Dillard streets.

“Life is precious,” Dixon said. “I heard the screaming and they start to run out in from of my car, [saying] ‘Please help!’

Dixon said he called for help, but saw that one man had died right at the scene.

“I literally sat there and watched the young lady hold him. I knew he wouldn’t make it because his eyes rolled to the back of his head.”

Dixon, who is also a pastor, is asking for the violence to end.

“This year alone we [had] to bury several young people. Several young men have died over these types of things and it’s kind of like, when is it going to stop? Is it going to stop? Can we get it to stop?”

Police said they’re not sure if the two shootings are connected. No other information was released.

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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