Durham County

Stray bullet leaves 10-year-old girl in critical condition

A 10-year-old girl is in critical but stable condition after being hit by a stray bullet near the intersection of U.S. 15-501 and Garrett Road in Durham.
A 10-year-old girl is in critical but stable condition after being hit by a stray bullet near the intersection of U.S. 15-501 and Garrett Road in Durham.

A gunshot from an upstairs apartment hit a sleeping 10-year-old girl early Sunday morning in Durham, leaving her in critical but stable condition, police say.

Police say someone in a second-floor apartment fired a gun around 3:20 a.m. Sunday and the bullet hit the child who was asleep in her bed on the first floor. The shooting happened in an apartment near the intersection of Garrett Road and U.S. 15-501 in Durham, according to police spokesman Wil Glenn.

He said officers searched the building and found where the bullet came from, but no one was in the apartment when the police got there.

In a statement sent to the media Sunday afternoon, Durham Police Chief C.J. Davis said, “I am deeply disturbed and incensed at this act of violence, which resulted in the serious injury to an innocent sleeping child. The Durham Police Department is committed to identifying the individuals responsible for discharging the weapon used in this incident, and pursuing appropriate charges against all involved.”

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