23-year-old man found shot to death in Durham

Source: Lauren Haviland/WNCN

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Durham police are investigating after a 23-year-old man was found shot to death early Wednesday morning.

Symoud Syheed Lewis, of Durham, was found in an apartment complex in the 500 block of Hardee Street by officers who responded to the area around 2 a.m.

Symoud Syheed Lewis
Symoud Syheed Lewis

CBS North Carolina spoke to a woman who lives at the apartment complex and stayed with Lewis until paramedics arrived.

“Around two o’clock I was in my apartment and I heard a couple of gunshots,” said the woman, who declined to go on camera.

She added, “On the other side of the door I heard him asking for help. When I opened up the door that’s when I found him lying in a pool of blood, and he was holding on for life.”

The woman said she stayed with Lewis while her friend called 911.

“Nobody should die alone no matter what he may have done,” said the woman, adding, “He’s somebody’s child.”

Durham police spent several hours at the apartment complex canvassing the area and collecting evidence.

A vehicle believed to be involved in the crime was towed from the scene Wednesday morning.

No suspects have been named and no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator J. Barr at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29325 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200.

Wednesday’s shooting is the eighth in the city of Durham since March 1 and residents who spoke with CBS North Carolina say they’re scared to leave their homes.

Some have linked the recent shooting to gang violence but a spokesperson for the police department said a “gang war is hard to quantify.”

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