DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — The victim of a fatal shooting Thursday in Durham has been identified.
Jose Manuel Caceres-Murillo, 66, of Durham, died from a gunshot wound in the 800 block of Park Ave. Officers responded to a gunshot wound call in that area around 8 a.m., Durham police said.
Officers found Murillo there. EMS arrived and pronounced him deceased on the scene.
Police closed the road between Lathrop and Holloway streets in order to conduct an investigation.
Murillo’s stepdaughter, Kenia Juarez, told CBS 17 that Murillo had lived at a residence in that block of Park Avenue for 50 years. He was from Honduras and he leaves behind his partner of 24 years, along with three stepchildren.
Juarez said Murillo was a vendor who sold hot dogs on the streets of Durham.
“It happened really fast,” said neighbor Antonio Carson. “I was probably gone ten minutes.”
When he got back home, he says police had already surrounded the Park Avenue neighborhood.
“I’ve been living on this side of town for about two years and it’s really actually been genuinely quiet,” Carson said. “This is actually a really surprising thing to have happen.”
Neighbors like Carson are finding it hard to comprehend what happened.
“It just really sucks man, because I see a lot of these people,” he said. “I see these people every day. Put the guns down, something man. Because the senseless violence is so distasteful.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator M. Strickland at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29536 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.
This is a developing story. Check back later for more details.