Woman shot, killed in Durham wasn’t intended target

Mar. 17, 2014 @ 04:33 PM

The bullet that killed Kourtney Krista Dawson wasn’t meant for her, Durham police say.

Dawson, 25, was shot outside Antioch Missionary Baptist Church last month, for no other reason, it seems, than she was walking down Holloway Street at the wrong time.
Investigators over the weekend arrested Dominique Xavier Lamberth, 23, of Creedmoor in connection with Dawson’s death.
About 9:17 p.m. Feb. 26, according to police, Lamberth robbed a man of $20 at gunpoint. The victim jumped into his car and drove away. Police said Lamberth fired shots at the vehicle.
One of the bullets struck Dawson, who just happened to be nearby at the time.
“She was not the intended victim, according to investigators,” said Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.
“We take all homicide cases very seriously,” said Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez Sr. “No one deserves to die like this.”
He offered thanks to members of the community who helped with the investigation.
“Through community-police collaboration, we can continue to work toward eliminating street violence,” he said.
Authorities captured Lamberth in Louisburg. He was charged with murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. He also was wanted as a probation absconder by the state. He was being held without bond in the Durham County Jail.
It’s not Lamberth’s first brush with the law. He served time for a September 2010 robbery.

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