Teen fatally shot in Durham on same night city leaders decry killing of 9-year-old boy – Raleigh News & Observer

Teen fatally shot in Durham on same night city leaders decry killing of 9-year-old boy - Raleigh News & Observer
Over in 5 seconds: Boy, 9, dies at hospital after drive-by shooting in Durham
Durham, N.C. — A Durham woman is speaking out against gun violence after she witnessed the shooting of two boys outside her home.

The fatal shooting occurred Sunday before 9 p.m. near the intersection of Duke Street and Leon Street. Durham police said two boys, ages nine and eight, were driven to a local hospital in a private car.

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Video: 9-year-old boy killed in Durham shooting

The 9-year-old, identified as Zyon Person, died at the hospital. The 8-year-old suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his arm, police said.

Durham County Sheriff Clarence Birkhead also said, "Less than two weeks ago, the Durham County Sheriffs Office celebrated National Night Out Against Crime. Right before meeting with community groups and neighbors county-wide, I talked about anti-gun violence; in the wake of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio that marred the first weekend of August. We stand together with Mayor Steve Schewel, Police Chief Davis and the Durham Police Department to get guns off our streets and identify those responsible for this incident. The unthinkable is becoming normal – and I am committed to change that mindset."

“We heard about 15 shots when it happened,” she said. “I saw what I thought was a motorcycle backfiring…and they were right in a row, clearly traveling down the street. It was terrifying. It was probably over in about five seconds.”

I and members of the Durham Police Department extend condolences to the family of ZYon 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 believe the children were shot while traveling in a Ford Escape. The suspects, believed to be traveling in a burgundy Honda Accord with tinted windows, fired multiple shots into the boys car, police said.

“I think that we shouldnt have guns period,” said Rose. “I just dont see any point in which children should be dying. Its our job to protect them. And allowing guns into the hands of those is definitely not doing that.”

DURHAM, N.C. – Police in Durham are investigating the fatal shooting of a 9-year-old boy, and the non-fatal shooting of an 8 year old.

“The Durham Police Department extends condolences to the family of Zyon Person, said 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.”

Police say the suspect or suspects, traveling in a burgundy Honda Accord with tinted windows, fired multiple shots into the vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Cramer at 919-560-4440, ext. 29284, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

According to police, ZYon Person, 9, was shot and killed overnight Sunday near the intersection of Duke Street and Leon Street.

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Durham, N.C. — A Durham woman is speaking out against gun violence after she witnessed the shooting of two boys outside her home.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Cramer at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29284 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200.

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The fatal shooting occurred Sunday before 9 p.m. near the intersection of Duke Street and Leon Street. Durham police said two boys, ages nine and eight, were driven to a local hospital in a private car.

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The 9-year-old, identified as Zyon Person, died at the hospital. The 8-year-old suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his arm, police said.

“We heard about 15 shots when it happened,” she said. “I saw what I thought was a motorcycle backfiring…and they were right in a row, clearly traveling down the street. It was terrifying. It was probably over in about five seconds.”

Police believe the children were shot while traveling in a Ford Escape. The suspects, believed to be traveling in a burgundy Honda Accord with tinted windows, fired multiple shots into the boys car, police said.

“I think that we shouldnt have guns period,” said Rose. “I just dont see any point in which children should be dying. Its our job to protect them. And allowing guns into the hands of those is definitely not doing that.”

“The Durham Police Department extends condolences to the family of Zyon Person, said 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.”

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Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Cramer at 919-560-4440, ext. 29284, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.


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