Two charged in Durham shootings

Dec. 09, 2013 @ 01:44 PM

Police on Friday made back-to-back arrests in shootings that may have been related.

First, they announced the arrest of Thomas Deangelo Griffin, 19, charged with attempted first-degree murder in the shootings of two teenage boys on Tuesday at a vacant house on Grace Lane.

Within hours of Griffin’s arrest, they charged – but had not yet captured – 22-year-old James Edward Walker Jr. in Monday night’s fatal shooting of Patrick Danial Holmes on Fidelity Drive.

Police haven’t reported a motive in either shooting, said police spokeswoman Kammie Michael, but they are “looking into the possibility that the two cases may be related.”

Monday night, just before 7, a resident in the Cambridge Village neighborhood on Fidelity Drive called 911 to report the shooting of Holmes, 24, a convicted felon who spent four years in prison for conviction on robbery charges.

The caller told the operator that a boy ran by her home, saying someone had been shot.

“He’s dead. He’s dead. He’s dead,” the boy shouted.

Police found Holmes dead on the street.

The next day, about 1:30 p.m., two boys – ages 14 and 16 – were shot at a vacant house on Grace Lane. One witness who called 911 mentioned two suspects in hoodies and blue jeans fleeing the scene.

Griffin lived across the street from the site of the Tuesday shooting. It’s not clear yet whether Griffin acted alone. “At this point, it is still an ongoing investigation,” Michael said.

It is also not yet publicly known what connections, if any, exist between Griffin and Holmes or Walker and the wounded teens.

The boys remained in the hospital late Friday.

Griffin’s criminal record includes charges of carrying a concealed weapon, resisting an officer and larceny. Walker’s priors include possession of stolen goods, breaking and entering and injury to property.

Anyone with information about Walker’s whereabouts is asked to call Investigator M. Evans at 919-560-4440, ext. 29336 or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to felony arrests and callers never have to identify themselves.

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