Durham County

15-year-old killed in Durham drive-by attack, man wounded

A 15-year-old boy was killed and a 25-year-old man wounded in what police say was a drive-by shooting Tuesday night in a residential neighborhood in northeast Durham.

David Pounds, a 10th grader at Lakeview School, was standing with his cousin, Timothy Stevens Jr., in the front yard of Pounds’ home on Maplewood Drive, just off Dearborn Drive, when someone fired several shots at them at about 10:30 p.m. Pounds died at Duke University Hospital; Stevens was treated and released.

Police say the incident appeared to have been a targeted attack, not a random one, but they have not named any suspects or announced an arrest.

Pounds’ older brother, Keshon Blue, said he had left home a short while before the shooting to grab a bite to eat on nearby Club Boulevard. Blue said he was eating when he heard “five, six, or seven shots.” Though he wasn’t sure where the gunshots were coming from, he says he had a bad feeling.

“I could feel it in my spirit,” he said late Wednesday morning. “A cold feeling settled in my spirit. Something said, ‘Go home.’ When I got here they were pumping my brother’s chest.”

As he spoke, Blue sat in a brown, hard plastic chair near the front door of the family’s home marking passages in a Holy Bible with a heavy black pen. One of the bullets had pierced the center of the home’s bay window, and police used markers to identify a second bullet hole in the gray vinyl siding just below it.

“I’m going to preach my brother’s funeral,” said Blue, who is a minister of a Church Of God In Christ on Fargo Street.

Blue and Pounds lived with their mother, JoAnn Peaks, on Maplewood Drive all of Pounds’ life. When the television news trucks arrived Wednesday, the enormity of what had happened the night before overwhelmed Blue, and he cried hard. Between the tears and sobs, he told reporters that Pounds was his only brother.

“He was only 15. He didn’t deserve that,” he said. “He was just a typical, hard-headed little boy. No fighting; he never did wrong to my mom. He was just a little guy. It hurt me so bad. I remember when he was born. Now it’s just me and my momma again. She loved that boy so much.”

Pounds would have turned 16 next month.

Police ask anyone with information that might help them in the case call Investigator M. Evans at 919-560-4440, ext. 29336, or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases.

Thomasi McDonald: 919-829-4533, @tmcdona75589225