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Shooting death of 9-year-old prompts calls for action in NC

August 19, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A drive-by shooting in North Carolina has killed a 9-year-old boy and injured an 8-year-old boy, motivating some leaders to speak out against gun violence.

News outlets report 9-year-old Zion Person was shot and killed Sunday night in Durham. Police say the unidentified 8-year-old suffered an arm injury that wasn’t life threatening.

Police say someone in a car fired shots into the SUV the children were riding in. Investigators don’t believe the shooting was random. Durham police Chief C.J. Davis says the department is working aggressively to identify the people involved.

WRAL-TV quotes Durham City Councilman Mark-Anthony Middleton as saying he plans to bring up gun violence at a council meeting Monday evening. Durham activist Paul Scott called the city’s streets “a battle zone.”

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