A 43-year-old woman who attempted to counsel three wayward youths at a bus stop Tuesday may lose an eye after one of the teens pulled out a pellet gun and shot her.
Investigators have charged Tyrease Anderson, 16, of Durham with malicious maiming, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, felony conspiracy, injury to property, defrauding an innkeeper and misdemeanor conspiracy, said police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.
The shooting happened shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday at a bus stop on Witherspoon Boulevard, near the Patterson Place shopping center in southwest Durham, police reported.
Officers said the woman – who lives in Durham – was putting in a job application at a business when she learned that three teenaged boys had left the business without paying for their purchases, Michael reported.
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The woman was later speaking to the teens at the bus stop when one of the boys pulled out a pellet gun and shot her in the eye, police said. The woman, whose name was not released, underwent emergency surgery Tuesday night and may lose her eye, police said.
The three teens ran from the bus stop, but officers found them all in the area soon after the shooting, Michael reported.
Investigators found one teen inside Home Depot and another outside the store. Officers apprehended the third teen behind a restaurant near Mount Moriah Road. The pellet gun was recovered, Michael reported.
Officers transported Anderson to the Durham County Jail, where he remained Wednesday afternoon under $500,000 bail, Michael reported.
The other teens, both 14-year-old boys, are facing charges of injury to property and defrauding an innkeeper, police reported.
The case remains under investigation. Police ask anyone who witnessed the shooting to call 919-560-4583, ext. 29366, or 919-560-4583, ext. 29365.