Two teens found shot at vacant home

Dec. 03, 2013 @ 07:12 PM

On Grace Lane, in a small neighborhood nestled between Liberty and Holloway streets, Durham police Tuesday found two teenage boys at a vacant house, shot and fighting for their lives.

“Both were taken to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries,” said Kammie Michael, police spokeswoman. “Investigators are trying to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting.”

A Durham City/County Access van driver may have witnessed the shooting about 1:30 p.m. One victim left bloody handprints on the driver’s side door of the van.

Police offered few details about suspects or the incident itself. It was not publicly known whether the boys, ages 14 and 16, were enrolled in school and, if so, which schools. Nor was it known if the incident was associated with gang violence.

The double shooting came less than a day after the fatal shooting on Fidelity Drive of 24-year-old Patrick Danial Holmes. No arrests had been made in that case late Tuesday, Michael said.

DeWarren K. Langley, a lawyer who serves as co-facilitator for Partners Against Crime in District III of the Durham Police Department, said the city must improve youth services “or we will continue to see this trend with folks 14 to 25.”

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