DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Two children inside a vehicle waiting for dinner in the drive-thru line at a Durham Burger King were injured in a shooting Thursday evening, the Durham County Sheriff’s Office said.
According to the sheriff’s office, the shooting occurred at approximately 7 p.m. near the Burger King located in the 1600-block of U.S. Route 70 in Durham County. The two children were sitting in the back seat when a bullet broke a window on the vehicle and hit them.
The family immediately left the area and took the children, ages 11 and 2, to the hospital, officials said. The two children suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Deputies and investigators responded to the scene and began investigating the shooting.
According to the sheriff’s office, witnesses told them they heard multiple shots fired nearby at the same time the vehicle was struck.
Investigators believe the family was not the intended target of the shooting.
People near the Burger King called the incident shocking.
“Yeah, we just came by last night and we saw all the police tape but we had no idea that it was a shooting. It is shocking that we keep seeing all this crime and shootings every day but we have a new mayor so we hope that the new mayor is going to come in and say something or try to do something,” said Howard Wilkins, a Durham resident.
A customer of Burger King was surprised to learn the news of the shooting.
“It’s just unthinkable. If I would’ve known that this happened, I would not have stopped here,” said customer Gene Williams.
There have been more than 600 shooting incidents in Durham this year alone. The Durham County Sheriffs Office is now leading the investigation.
Sheriff Clarence Birkhead called the incident unacceptable.
“We’re talking about an 11-year-old and a 2-year-old and I can’t imagine how they begin to process this incident in their young lives, it’s even hard for us to process. To me, it’s unimaginable how we got to this point,” said Birkhead.
No suspects were seen in the area and there is no further information available at this time.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Detective Gould with CID at 919-560-0880 or communications at 919-560-0900 after business hours. Alternately, they may call Durham Crimestoppers at 919-683-1200.