Woman shot, killed near Durham church

Feb. 27, 2014 @ 04:47 PM

Someone fired at least six shots in an attack that left a Durham woman dead Wednesday night, according to a 911 caller.

Police found Kourtney Krista Dawson, 25, dead near Holloway Street and Guthrie Avenue about 9:17 p.m. She was outside Antioch Missionary Baptist Church.

A witness called Durham’s emergency communications center and said she stepped off a bus to find a dead person on the ground.

At first, the woman said, she thought the victim was female, but she heard a man say, “He got shot by my nephew.” That led her to think the victim was a man, she said. The caller said the victim “looks old, in his 40s, 50s.”

She got frustrated when the operator asked more questions.

“Send the police now,” she said. “I don’t know what to do. I’ve never seen a dead body in my life.”

Another caller, a man at the Budget Inn, told the operator that he heard “over half a dozen shots.” The gunfire echoed, he said. He didn’t see who fired the shots.

No suspects had been arrested on Thursday. Police gave no hint of motive.

“The motive is still under investigation at this time,” said Kammie Michael, police spokeswoman.

Michael said Thursday that there’s no indication Dawson was at the church before the shooting.

Dawson’s was Durham’s second homicide of the day Wednesday. Before dawn, investigators allege, 17-year-old Treyvon Evans stabbed his grandmother Carolyn Hemingway to death. That murder happened in an apartment they shared on Glasson Street. Evans’ 4-year-old brother suffered serious injuries during the incident.

Evans was charged with murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. He was held in the Durham County Jail without bond on the murder charge and $500,000 bond on the assault charge.

Anyone with information about Dawson’s case is asked to call Investigator J. Barr at 919-560-4440, ext. 29325, 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.


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