Durham County

Durham police identify victim of early morning homicide

Workers late Wednesday morning used a water-hose sanitizer and bleach to wash away a blood trail at a Durham apartment complex where a 23-year-old man was fatally shot overnight.

An employee with SERVPRO, a fire and water restoration company, had hosed away most of the blood from the black asphalt where Symoud Syheed Lewis was struck by gunfire before he took off running.

The splotches of blood painted some of the rocks along a narrow grass and pine straw path at the Hardee Terrace apartments. They ended on a strip of sidewalk between two red-brick buildings at the complex in the 500 block of North Hardee Street, just off Holloway Street.

Someone called 911 just after 2 a.m. to report the shooting, said police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.

Resident Symathia Williams, 67, said she did not hear any gunshots but said she awoke at 2:40 a.m. to see the flashing lights of firetrucks and police cars in the parking lot. Williams thought the emergency workers were there for a child at the apartment complex who has breathing problems and went back to sleep.

Williams said someone at the Hardee Terrace management office told her Lewis ran between the buildings.

“He ran into the building to get help,” Williams said. “A lady at the office had pulled his picture off Facebook. She showed it to me. I understand he didn’t live over here.”

State records show that Lewis lived in North Durham on Wiggins Street, near Old Oxford Road and Dearborn Drive.

Police had not charged anyone with the shooting Wednesday, nor have they disclosed a possible motive for the shooting.

Early Saturday morning, just after midnight, Lewis got into a heated discussion with someone on his Facebook page. The disagreement focused on money. Lewis accused the Facebook friend off living off of his girlfriend’s money. The discussion went on well after 3 a.m.

Lewis boasted that he had money and posted a photo of a little less than $1,000 in mostly large bills spread out on a table to prove his point.

“I got more money then u fall bac. U live off ur gurl,” he wrote. “Kk i will be in ur parking lot 2mm.”

Police ask anyone with information to call 919-560-4440, ext. 29325, or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.

Thomasi McDonald: 919-829-4533, @tmcdona75589225