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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Downtown Durham shootout leaves one injured, bullet hole in police chief's car

Posted by on Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 2:46 PM

The gray sedan had six bullet holes in it.
  • The gray sedan had six bullet holes in it.

This post was updated at 4 p.m.

We don't often post breaking crime news to Triangulator, but this was close to home.

At about 2 p.m. this afternoon, shots were fired in downtown Durham at the intersection of Roxboro and Dillard streets (which happens to be right outside the Indy office, Somerhill Gallery and Thomas & Howard). Several staffers in third-floor offices of the Venable building heard several shots and saw a gray Hyundai Elantra with a tinted back windshield come to a halt on the right side of Dillard Street. (see photo).

According to a police statement, people inside two cars were firing at each other while driving north on South Roxboro Street when an occupant in one of the cars was shot. Eyewitnesses said a man from the Elantra, which had five bullet holes in the rear windshield, was taken away by ambulance.

Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez also happened to be driving his unmarked car near the intersection when the commotion occurred. According to a Durham police news release, Lopez's police cruiser was hit. The front windshield of Lopez's car was damaged, but he was not injured.

An hour after the incident, traffic was still blocked on Roxboro Street at Morehead Avenue, north to Pettigrew Street.

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