Durham teen shoots woman in eye with pellet gun, police say

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A Durham teen faces charges after police said he shot a woman in the eye with a pellet gun Tuesday.

A 43-year-old Durham woman was applying for a job at a business off Witherspoon Boulevard around 3 p.m. While she was there, she learned three teens left the business without paying for items, police said.

The woman went and spoke to the teens at a nearby bus stop when police said Tyrease Anderson, 16, pulled out a pellet gun and shot her in the eye.

The teens ran from the scene but were all located by police.

The victim underwent surgery but may lose her eye, police said.

Anderson was charged with malicious maiming, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, felony conspiracy, injury to property, defrauding an innkeeper and misdemeanor conspiracy.

Anderson is being held at the Durham County Jail under a $500,000 bond.

The other teens, both of whom are 14-year-old males, were charged with injury to property and defrauding an innkeeper.

The case remains under investigation. Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call Investigator D. Smith at (919) 560-4583, ext. 29366 or Investigator K. Owens at (919) 560-4583, ext. 29365.

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