Durham Police are investigating the shooting death of a teenager on Tuesday night.
Officers responded to the 1500 block of Sima Avenue after 7:30 p.m. to find an unidentified 16-year-old who had been shot, a police news release said.
In the initial press release, the victim was identified as a man but on Wednesday morning Durham Police identified him as a teenager.
The neighborhood is about an eight-minute walk from Durham Housing Authority on East Lawson Street and less than half a mile from Durham Technical Community College and NC Central University.
Ashley Canady, chair of the Durham Housing Authority Residents’ Advisory Council, said she knew the young boy. He lived in the area and was found in McDougald Terrace Park when he was shot, she said.
At first someone told him that someone was in the park on the ground.
“When I got there I realized who it was,” she said in a phone interview with The News & Observer.
Canady performed CPR on the boy until paramedics arrived, she said.
According to a press release, he was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Durham Police did not release details of the teenager or what led up to the shooting on Thursday. Canady wouldn’t share the boy’s name without his family’s permission.
According to the city’s latest gun violence data this year, there were 650 shootings in Durham in which 214 people were shot, 35 of them fatally.
Durham Police say the investigation is ongoing and anyone who thinks they have information is asked to call Investigator B. Paulhus at 919-560-4440 ext. 28136 or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200.
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This story was originally published November 16, 2022 8:04 a.m.