Shooting Near Campus Prompts Alert

Suspect believed to have fled area in vehicle

Durham police are investigating a homicide that happened Monday afternoon near Duke’s campus.

Officers were dispatched at 12:15 p.m. to a shooting call in the 1100 block of West Chapel Hill St. When officers arrived, they found an adult male lying in the parking lot of University Market at 1108 West Chapel Hill St. The male, who appeared to have been shot, was pronounced dead at the scene.

After Duke was notified of the incident, officials sent a DukeALERT email and text message to all faculty, staff and students due to the circumstances and proximity of the incident to Duke’s campus.

“It is not often that a shooting like this happens near campus in the middle of the day,” said Kyle Cavanaugh, emergency coordinator and vice president for Administration. “There was an enormous police presence in the area, and they were actively tracking the suspect. Because situations like this are dynamic and can change quickly, we felt it was best to alert the Duke community to avoid the area due to the severity of the crime.”

No charges have been filed, and no other details are available at this time, according to Durham police.

Anyone with information is asked to call Durham police Investigator E. Ortiz at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29337 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.