Durham County

Gunshots fired in front of a nightclub led to a car chase

Khalil Daye, 16, of Durham.
Khalil Daye, 16, of Durham.

Police officers patrolling the parking lot of the Emerald City Ultra Bar and Lounge, a night club at 2000 Chapel Hill Road, were in the right place at the right time early Sunday when they heard gunfire close-by, in the area surrounding the intersection of Chapel Hill Road and Bivins Street.

A BMW SUV left the scene, and the officers who had heard the gunshots at about 1:45 a.m. gave chase.

Officers pursued the SUV into the West End neighborhood before the BMW crashed into a parked, empty van on Jackson Street, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said.

The driver and passenger jumped out and ran, but officers caught Khalil Daye, 16, of Durham, in a backyard on Arnette Avenue.

No one was injured.

Daye was charged with discharging a firearm within the city limits, resisting an officer, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a handgun by a minor and discharging a firearm from within an enclosure (vehicle) toward persons and vehicles as part of a pattern of criminal activity. He was being held in the Durham County jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

The second person in the vehicle has not been identified, Michael said.

Colin Warren-Hicks: 919-419-6636, @CWarrenHicks