Young man shot to death in park

Jun. 27, 2013 @ 10:39 PM

A man was shot to death Thursday night in a park in northeastern Durham, bringing the number of homicides in the city to four in the past nine days.

Officials said the victim appeared to be a teen, but police had not released his age or identity late Thursday. 

Sources said he was shot multiple times, and was found lying on the ground at a parking lot at Lakeview Park on Dearborn Drive.

No arrest has been reported. Police cordoned off the area as a large crowd that included the victim's family gathered.

First responders rushed to the scene and tried to resuscitate the victim, who was still alive. He was later pronounced dead.

A Durham city firefighter said that he and others in the department were in the area when they heard what sounded like shots or fireworks. When they arrived, they found the victim lying near an asphalt parking lot and a grassy area.

Officers responded to a "shots fired" call at 8:01 p.m. at Lakeview Park in the 3500 block of Dearborn Drive, according to the Durham Police Department.

Thursday's homicide was the fourth in the eastern and southern areas of Durham since Tuesday of last week, when a man was found fatally shot in the street on North Hyde Park Avenue.

No one has been charged with murder in any of the deaths, but police have charged one man with assault and other offenses in connection with one of the deaths in East Durham last week.

In an interview this week, Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said investigators are looking at whether any connection exists among the slayings. But he said it was premature to speculate on what motivated the shooters.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Cristaldi at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29322 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.