Police on Monday released the name of a man found shot to death in a residential neighborhood southwest of downtown early Sunday and said they were still looking for his killer.
Ricardo DeJesus Uribe Padilla, 25, of Durham, was found in a car in the 1900 block of Lakewood Avenue shortly before 7 a.m. Sunday.
A passing motorist who lives in the neighborhood was on his way to work when he saw Padilla sitting behind the wheel of a black Chevrolet Impala, according to a copy of a 911 recording made public Monday.
“The car is still running,” the 911 caller told an emergency dispatcher. “There’s blood all over the seat and on his shirt. His eyes are open, and he’s not breathing, not moving.”
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The dispatcher, hoping to revive Padilla, asked the unnamed 911 caller if he could pull the man out of the car and “lay him flat on his back, on the ground.”
The 911 caller hesitated before answering. “I can try,” he replied. “There’s blood everywhere.” The 911 caller said he had already checked and did not find the man’s pulse.
The 911 caller told the dispatcher that someone driving a black Acura drove up and approached him. The caller said the Acura driver told him that he did not know Padilla and that he left when he saw the police approaching.
No one had been charged in the case, police said Monday. On Sunday, police had said they had not identified any suspects.
Padilla was one of two people fatally shot during the weekend in West Durham. By Monday afternoon, police had not filed any charges in a shooting early Saturday in the 4600 block of Hope Valley Road.
Just after 4:40 a.m., a woman called 911 to report that she had been jolted awake by the sound of gunfire. She told the dispatcher that it sounded like 10 gunshots in all, according to the 911 recording.
When officers arrived they found evidence of a shooting but no victim. The officers contacted local hospitals and located a 33-year-old man, Santonio Rodriguez Rochelle of Durham, who had died.
Police asked anyone with information about the shootings to call 919-560-4440, ext. 29337 or ext. 29341, 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.