Man used stolen gun in shooting of 10-year-old girl in Durham, police say

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A 23-year-old Durham man has been arrested and charged in connection with the Sunday morning shooting of a 10-year-old girl, police said.


UPDATE: Durham man charged with shooting sleeping 10-year-old girl now free on bond

James Scott Berish, 23, of Durham, was charged with one count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and one count of possession of a stolen firearm (a .45-caliber handgun).

Berish turned himself in to officers.

Deisy Medina was sleeping early Sunday when a bullet traveled down from an apartment above hers and struck her in the stomach.

“I went to the bathroom, and then my stomach hurt. My mom said there were two holes in my stomach,” said Medina.

Officers responded to the shooting call around 3:20 a.m. in the 4200 block of Garrett Road.

She spent the night at the hospital but was released Monday.

She talked to CBS North Carolina after learning of the arrest, telling police “thank you for helping me.”

James Berish

Medina is a fourth-grade student at Creekside Elementary School.

No one was in the apartment where police believed the bullet came from when officers searched it.

Berish is being held on a $30,000 bond and is due in court Thursday morning.

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