Police: 9-year-old shot, killed in Durham; 8-year-old wounded

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A 9-year-old boy is dead and an 8-year-old wounded after a suspect opened fire on a vehicle they were riding in Sunday night in Durham, police said.

Zion Person

Around 9 p.m., the boys were riding in a Ford Escape near the intersection of Duke and Leon streets.

Police said a burgundy Honda Accord with tinted windows pulled alongside the Escape and a suspect fired multiple shots into the SUV.

The boys were taken to the hospital by a private vehicle.

The 9-year-old boy, identified as Z’yon Person, died at the hospital. The 8-year-old suffered a non-life threatening injury to his arm.

“I and members of the Durham Police Department extend condolences to the family of Z’yon Person,” said Durham Police Chief C.J. Davis. “This is another act of senseless violence that simply must be stopped and we are working aggressively to identify the people involved. I am asking anyone with information to come forward and speak with our investigators.”

Police said the shooting was not a random act.

The shooting remains under investigation.

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