12-year-old boy shot Sunday night in Durham

A 12-year-old boy was shot in the leg Sunday night in Durham, according to police.

The shooting happened shortly after 10:30 p.m. in the 3600 block of Keystone Place, which is in the Oxford Manor public housing community, according to police.

The boy was shot while walking through the neighborhood, Durham Police spokesman Wil Glenn wrote in an email. He was taken to the hospital with an injury that wasn’t life-threatening, Glenn wrote.

A family member said the boy, who was released from hospital Monday, was shot in a drive-by shooting.

Police didn’t say how the boy was shot.

At least three other people were also shot Sunday in unrelated incidents, according to police.

Police are investigating a shooting on the 4800 block of N.C. 55 in which three people were shot just before 2 a.m.

Two people were taken to a local hospital, and one person arrived at the hospital later, according to police. The wounds did not appear to be life-threatening, police said.

The shooting occurred after an argument, police said.

On Monday morning, Durham police found a dead man with an apparent gunshot wound inside a car on the 1000 block of East Geer Street. They said they were investigating the case as a homicide.

As of June 15, there were 21 homicides in Durham this year, according to the Police Department’s website. That was up from 13 last year at that time, and nine the year before that.

All told, reported violent crime was up 17 percent this year compared to the same time last year, according to the website.

Virginia Bridges covers criminal justice in Orange and Durham counties for The Herald-Sun and The News & Observer. She has worked for newspapers for more than 15 years. In 2017, the N.C. Press Association awarded her first place for beat feature reporting. The N.C. State Bar Association awarded her the 2018 Media & Law Award for Best Series.