Shooting at Durham’s Southpoint Mall not gang-related, police say

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Durham police said a shooting at the Streets of Southpoint Mall a week ago was not gang related but stemmed from a robbery.

Durham police said an investigation revealed a man was selling jewelry outside a store on the second floor of the shopping center when he was approached by at least two men.

At least one of the suspects was armed with a gun when they attempted to rob the seller.

The person selling the jewelry and a robber fired their guns, police said.

The suspected robber was shot and transported to the hospital. The seller was not injured and remained at the scene, police said.

That suspect is 26 years old and remains hospitalized.

Second robbery suspect (Durham police)

The second robbery suspect has not been identified. Durham police are asking for help identifying the second suspect.

“If you see something, say something. Particularly when children have been hurt, when young people have been hit by gunfire,” city councilmember Mark-Anthony Middleton said.

Police recovered two firearms at the scene.

A 10-year-old girl and a 58-year-old man, who were innocent bystanders, were shot in the incident, police said.

Off-duty Durham police officers working at the mall heard shots just after 3:20 p.m. and requested assistance.

Initially, it was believed the shooting involved two groups of people on the second floor of the mall.

Durham police said investigators “interviewed dozens of people” and “viewed several videos during the past week” to determine the shooting was related to the robbery.

“When the shooting first occurred, there was all types of speculation about gang violence and kind of roving bands of young people carrying guns at the mall. But it turns out, it’s a little different than what folks initially had expected, this is really why it’s important to let the investigations take their course,” Middleton said.

No one has been charged in the shooting but police said charges are pending.

Three others were injured in what police said was the “aftermath” of the shooting. They all suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

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