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Shooting victim, passenger in stolen car arrested after drive-by. Shooter sought

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A driver was seriously injured on Friday morning following a shooting on Hill Street at University Drive.

The Durham Police Department responded to a shooting there at around 9:15 a.m. and found David Deyon Woods, 28, of Durham in the driver’s seat of a 2005 Toyota Camry that had been reported stolen on Aug. 2. He had been shot and was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, according to police.

A passenger in the car, Devacea Navarea Bass, 24, of Durham, ran from the Camry and officers found him inside a Dumpster behind Forest Hills Shopping Center approximately 45 minutes later. He had not been injured.

Police blocked University Drive at Hill Street for about two hours while they investigated the shooting. Woods and Bass were inside the Camry, which was parked in the 1300 block of Hill Street, when the shooting happened, police said. The suspect shot at them from an SUV. He was described as a black male with a light complexion and small twists in his hair. He appeared to be in his 20s, police said.

The shooting did not appear to have been random, according to investigators.

Bass was arrested and charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle and resisting, delaying and obstructing officers. He was being held in the Durham County jail without bond.

Woods is facing charges of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, larceny and larceny of a dog — a 3-month-old pit bull. The dog, vehicle and other items were all taken from the same person.

Police reported Friday night that the pit bull puppy had been found in good health.

Joe Johnson: 919-419-6889

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