After playing dead to survive a shooting in which her friend died, 17-year-old Alexis Patterson made her way to a house off Glenn Road seeking help.
“I don’t know who she is, but she said she has been shot in the mouth,” a caller told a 911 operator. “Looks like they blew off one of her fingers. I can’t see her mouth, but on one of her hands, her index finger looks gone.”
The call came in at 9:17 p.m. Monday.
Dymond Patrice Fowler, 19, who graduated from Northern High School in June, was later found dead from gunshot wounds on the 4700 block of Glenn Road in northeast Durham County.
Patterson, a friend of Fowler, apparently made her way to a house, “that is pretty far off the road,” the 911 caller said. She was later taken to a hospital.
As of Thursday, the Durham County Sheriff’s Office had arrested five people in Monday’s incident.
Three suspects appeared before District Court Judge Brian Wilks on Thursday morning.
Assistant District Attorney Jim Dornfried described a situation in which Fowler and Patterson were kidnapped from a hotel, followed by a call for a ransom.
Soon after that, they were shot, killing Fowler and injuring Patterson, Dornfried said. Patterson pretended to be dead so their attacker would leave, deputies have said.
Wilks denied bail for Quashaun Niajel Slade, 23, and Brittany Sharnell Lassiter, 22. Slade is charged with murder, kidnapping, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Lassiter is charged with murder, kidnapping and conspiracy.
Lassiter’s grandmother Rachel Jones, who spoke at the hearing, said Lassiter was a mother of two and a “god-fearing woman,” who knows right from wrong.
“She did not do anything, and hopefully that will be proved in court,” Jones said.
Bail was set at $1 million for Alezai Deciara Clay, 19. Clay is charged with felony conspiracy and kidnapping.
Also charged in the case are Jesus Arce, 24, who is accused of kidnapping and conspiracy, and Dominique Faulkner, 19, who is accused of conspiracy and failing to appear in court for a probation violation in Guilford County.
Sheriff Mike Andrews praised community members for tips that helped the department make the arrests so quickly.
“Enough is enough, and this senseless violence has to stop,” he said in a statement.
On Tuesday, Fowler’s sister, Dwaunika Moss, 21, said the family was told that Fowler and Patterson were abducted Monday and a $20,000 ransom was demanded. Patterson’s brother received a phone call from someone asking for money, Moss said.
Authorities have not said whether the shooting was related to five other shooting incidents that took place in Durham in recent days. All together, one person was killed and 13 wounded, including eight people shot at a cookout Friday night on Hinson Drive, in a subdivision off East Club Boulevard.
The other shootings took place inside Durham city limits, and police there have not publicly named any suspects.
The Monday night 911 caller said she encountered Patterson on her sundeck wearing black jeans and a shirt wrapped around her mouth where she was shot.
The 911 dispatcher asked the caller to ask Patterson yes and no questions. The answers indicated that Patterson didn’t know the people who shot her, that they were in a different car and that they took the car that she and Fowler had been in.