Police say the fatal drive-by shooting Tuesday night of David Pounds Jr. in the front yard of his home was not a random act, but they are not sure if the 15-year-old high school student was the intended target.
Police have not yet made an arrest in the aftermath of gunfire that struck and killed Pounds at about 10:30 p.m. while he was standing with his cousin, Timothy Stevens Jr., outside Pounds’ home on Maplewood Drive, just off Dearborn Drive.
Someone fired several shots at them. Pounds died at Duke University Hospital; Stevens was treated and released.
“We’re following leads,” police spokesman Wil Glenn said late Friday.
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Glenn said investigators have heard “different variations” on the vehicle that was used in the shooting. “Nothing consistent,” he said. “It’s been very, very vague.”
The shooting reverberated across the city. At-large City Councilman Charlie Reece called the shooting “a failure for the entire city.”
“It shows that we are not doing everything possible to protect our children from gun violence,” he said Friday afternoon. “His burial is Tuesday. I hope all of our elected officials will consider what more can we do to protect our children and to prevent someone from pointing a gun at a 15-year-old boy and pulling the trigger.”
Pounds was enrolled in late September at the Lakeview School, which serves students in grades six through 12 who have a history of misbehavior.
Jeffrey Lockery, the principal of the alternative school for the past 14 years, noted that even with what can be a difficult student population, “there’s a lot of good going on up in here. We serve a different population, and I wish the community could see the things we do because the judgments can be difficult to read about.”
Lockery said the day after the shooting, students and faculty alike were “subdued.”
“I think everyone here was reflective,” he said. “It hit home for us, teachers as well as the students.”
The fatal shooting Tuesday night marked the second time in recent years that a high school student has died in a drive-by shooting in the neighborhood. In 2014, Delonta Hart, a 16-year-old student at Northern High School, was shot in the head near the Two Brothers Convenience Store, about a block from Lakeview School on Dearborn Drive.
The school offered counseling to its students and even considered bringing in parents after Pounds was killed, but decided it wasn’t needed, the principal said.
Lockery and Braima Moiwai, an art teacher at the school, both said Pounds was part of what was good about the school, describing him as a quiet and respectful young man.
Moiwai said Pounds called him “Brother B.” The teacher called his student “Mr. Pounds.”
Moiwai said Pounds was a “solid B student” who liked African drumming and visual art, but also enjoyed gardening outside and playing Frisbee golf.
“This is not a wild child,” Moiwai said. “He’s not like the kid who was the toughest. He was very mild. He did his work. This kid was very calm. This was a good kid.”
Reece, the city councilman, said the teen’s death resonated with him because he has two daughters who are close to Pounds’ age.
“My first reaction was trying to imagine the unimaginable,” he said. “I have two daughters who play in the front yard. I can’t imagine what his family must be going through. This entire town should lift them up in prayer.”
Pounds’ older brother, Keshon Blue, said his younger brother was born in Durham and had lived with their mother, JoAnn Peaks, on Maplewood Drive “all of his life.”
“He just liked to eat,” Blue said. “He liked my oxtails.”
Blue, who is a minister at a Church of God in Christ on Fargo Street, said this week that he intended to preach his brother’s funeral Tuesday at Union Baptist Church.
“He had just a few days,” Blue said. “The Bible says he was cut down like a flower.”