Day care where toddler shot closed indefinitely, child released from hospital

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A day care facility in Durham where a toddler was shot Tuesday has been shutdown indefinitely, the day care owner told WNCN Wednesday.

Officers were dispatched to a shooting call in the 1500 block of Great Bend Drive shortly before 3 p.m. on Tuesday, police said.

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When they arrived, they found the injured 18-month-old boy inside the house.

The house was being used as a day care and other children were in the home at the time, officials said. The house at 1508 Great Bend Drive was hit by several bullets during the drive-by shooting.

“First she thought it was firecrackers, but then when she saw the bullets and she saw the debris she grabbed the kids and she hit the floor with the babies,” said neighbor Beverly McGill, who added the boy was hit in the leg by a bullet.

According to the N.C. Division of Child Development and Early Education website, the daycare is licensed and is called Tatum’s Christian Center and is classified as a “Family Child Care Home.”

The child was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.The day care owner said Wednesday that the boy had been released from the hospital.

Officers were told that numerous shots were fired by occupants of a dark-colored sedan.

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Durham police said Wednesday morning they were questioning several people in connection with the shooting but no arrests had been made.

Neighbors say they are upset that a child was caught up in a drive-by shooting.

“I couldn’t tell who it was but you could tell it was a young youth. For them to not have any type of common courtesy or respect for human life, that’s just tragedy. You just pull up to somebody’s house and open fire and pull off like it’s nothing,” one neighbor said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Hines at (919) 560-4281, ext. 29119 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.

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