Durham Police at active scene where 2 people shot, 1 dead

7 April 2022

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) — Durham Police have an area blocked off near Avon Lake Drive after a deadly shooting and ensuing standoff.

The shooting took place at the Lakemoor Apartments on Thursday afternoon. Police responded to the scene about 4:30 p.m. Officers who arrived found one person dead of a gunshot wound and another injured.

The injured person was taken to a hospital. Their condition was not immediately known.

A person is barricaded inside an apartment building, police said. Officers have asked residents to back away from building 330.

“This is definitely one of those very active, evolving situations,” said Durham Police Chief Patrice Andrews. She noted that it might “go on a little while longer.”

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Andrews called the barricaded person a “person of interest.” but did say police felt “very strongly” that the person was connected to the shootings.

On Thursday evening, Durham SWAT team officers surrounded the building and were using a loudspeaker in an effort to get the barricaded person to come out.

Police officers were seen hiding behind cars with guns drawn as investigators combed the scene and made sure residents were not nearby as people who live there arrive home from work.

A police K-9 officer was deployed to the scene. Witnesses told ABC11 that they heard at least eight or nine gunshots. Witnesses also said someone was standing on a third-floor balcony and shot down at someone in the parking lot.

Police are asking residents and visitors to avoid the area. The apartment complex is in south Durham near Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and Fayetteville Street.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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