Chapel Hill News

Durham man found shot to death in Efland

Orange County sheriff’s deputies are trying to find who shot a Durham man several times Monday outside the Efland-Cheeks Community Center off U.S. 70.

Deputies were nearby when 911 operators got a call about shots being fired at 2:38 p.m., Chief Deputy Jamison Sykes said. The community center is on Richmond Road, next to Efland-Cheeks Elementary School. It was closed at the time of the shooting.

Tevin Deshawn Kendrick, 22, of Buxton Street in Durham, was found fatally wounded on the ground behind a white car in the parking lot. The car’s trunk was open, officials said.

Orange County EMS and Efland Fire Department crews tried to treat the young man, Sykes said, but he was already dead. The caller, according to a 911 recording released Tuesday, said he heard at least five shots from a handgun near the elementary school but did not see anything.

“I’m shaken up. I haven’t heard gunshots in that area, ever,” the caller said.

N.C. Department of Corrections records show Kendrick was convicted of a number of assault and firearms charges since 2010. He was released from the Durham County Detention Facility in March after serving 14 months for receiving or possessing a firearm and other charges.

His parole ended Dec. 4.

Sheriff Charles Blackwood said Tuesday it is “too early to draw any conclusions about what happened or who may be responsible.”

“We don’t feel there is an immediate concern for the residents of the community, the community center or the school,” Blackwood said. “We had a few additional deputies at the school this morning, and everything went very well there.”

Blackwood earlier told news media outlets that the crime is the type of incident that the community shouldn’t accept as normal.

“We want to make sure this doesn’t become the norm in Orange County,” Sykes said. “It’s a quiet community, a tight-knit community, and we hope and pray that somebody in that community heard something or knows something about this and will partner with us to give us the information we need to solve this crime.”

Anyone with information about the crime can contact Investigator Tim Jones at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, 919-245-2900.

Tammy Grubb: 919-829-8926, @TammyGrubb