An as-yet-unidentified 7-year-old boy is dead after he was shot inside of a car Sunday evening near the Tokyo Express restaurant at 3225 Guess Road, Durham police confirmed Sunday night.
“This is a senseless tragedy once again caused by gun violence,” said Durham Police Chief C.J. Davis. “We will work swiftly to identify and arrest the person or people responsible for taking the life of this innocent child.”
Durham Police Department spokesman Wil Glenn released the following emailed statement at 9:23 p.m. Sunday:
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“The child injured in the shooting today has been identified as a 7-year-old boy. He was pronounced dead at the hospital as a result of injuries sustained in the shooting.
“The boy was one of 10 people (five adults and five children) traveling in a Honda Pilot when the vehicle was struck by bullets fired by the occupant of another vehicle shortly after 5 p.m.
“The vehicle was struck at the intersection of Hillandale Road and Peppertree Street. The driver attempted to take the child to a local hospital but a tire on the car was flattened by bullets. EMS transported the child to the hospital. No other occupants of the car were injured.
“The incident does not appear to be random and investigators are following promising leads.”
Police did not release the identity of the child.
Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator J. Mitchell at 919-560-4440 or to call CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers do not have to identify themselves.
This story will be updated as more details become available.