Durham shooting leaves child, stepfather injured

May. 16, 2014 @ 04:19 PM

A boy and his stepfather were wounded by gunfire in their Pilot Street apartment early Friday.

But it’s not yet clear how it happened.

“Based on the preliminary investigation, it does not appear that there was an intruder in the apartment,” said Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.

The double shooting occurred about 5 a.m. at 412 East Pilot Street. Police arrived to find that a 29-year-old man had been shot in the foot and the child, 6, had serious injuries.

The child’s mother called 911. In a recording of the call, she told the operator that she didn’t know much about the situation except they were hurt. She was sleeping before the shots were fired.

“I don’t know who did this,” she said. “I don’t know what happened. Was somebody in here?”

She told the operator that the child was sitting and that he’d been shot at least once in the stomach.

“We’re going to try to control the bleeding,” the operator replied, and instructed the mother to get a clean, dry cloth or towel, place it on the wound, hold it firmly and “don’t lift it up to look.”

“Please, Jesus, come help my child,” the caller said.

“We’re going to work through this, okay?” the operator replied.

Neither victim’s injuries appeared to be life threatening on Friday afternoon, Michael said. No charges had been filed, but the incident remains under investigation.

It’s the fourth time this year that a child has been a victim of gunfire in Durham.

Christian Pittman, 9, died in April while playing with a loaded gun in his home on Macon Street. No charges have been reported in that case.

On the same block, in February, Arin Tavon Futrell, 21, was charged in connection with the accidental shooting of a 5-month-old girl. She survived.

In January, police say Everett Lamont Graves shot 9-year-old Jaden Sharpe and the boy’s mother while they were riding in an SUV. Jaden died of his injuries.

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