Man charged in shooting of Durham teens

From staff reportsDecember 6, 2013 

DURHAM Police on Friday charged a 19-year-old man in the shooting Tuesday of two teenagers who were found badly wounded outside a vacant house.

Thomas Deangelo Griffin, 19, of Morehead Ave. was charged with attempted first-degree murder and was being held on $1 million bail at the Durham County Jail.

The wounded teens, 14- and 16-year-old brothers, were found about 1:30 p.m. near Liberty Street and Grace Lane after one of them alerted a transit-vehicle driver and asked for help.

Griffin was arrested at 3 Grace Lane, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said.

She said police had determined that the teens were shot inside 4 Grace Lane, a vacant house.

One youth was reported in critical condition and one in stable condition on Thursday.

The pair were shot the day after a man was found shot to death and lying in Fidelity Drive on Monday night.

Police have not said whether or not they believe the killing and the teens’ shooting are related, but Michael said the shooting of the teens was not believed to be what police call a “random act” of violence.

Monday night, police found Patrick Danial Holmes, 24, fatally wounded and lying in the 1300 block of Fidelity Drive about 7 p.m.

Medics tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the investigations are continuing, and they asked that anyone who has information about the cases call them at 919-560-4281, ext. 29118 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.

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