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UNC graduate Brayton Hall’s red Jeep Grand Cherokee is riddled with bullets after he was caught in the middle of a shooting in a fast food restaurant parking lot in Durham. (Image: WTVD-TV)

DURHAM, N.C. — UNC graduate Brayton Hall was sitting in his car eating when he says a black van rolled up and a few minutes later gun fire was exchanged. A bullet hit him and now he has fragments lodged in his arm.

“Out of nowhere, I just saw the guns were out and firing and for a moment you don’t think it was real,” said Hall, according to WTVD-TV.

Hall’s red Jeep Grand Cherokee is riddled with bullets after being in the middle of the shootout. The windshield is scattered and his side windows are blown out.

It was around 2:30 a.m. Saturday when Hall was with his friends at the Cookout on Hillsborough Street in Durham.

“The first bullet was coming head on. It hit the windshield,” said Hall.

Though he was shaken, Hall was able to drive to a nearby gas station and call police.

“It was pedal to the metal. I’ve never gone that fast through a parking lot. I luckily didn’t hit or crash anything,” said Hall.

Hall said there were 20 or 25 people involved in the shooting. There have been no arrests and police say they don’t have any suspects.

Hall feels lucky he only has minor injuries.

“Thank God, really. It could have been so much worse. My friend was in the passenger seat next to me and my other friend was behind him so, if they’re heads weren’t ducked who knows. Ducking may have saved their lives because the windows were blown out,” said Hall.

Another vehicle was also shot up. Police say the driver of that car was not injured.

Doctors told Hall the bullet fragments lodged in his arm will come out on their own in the next two or three weeks.


  • bella07

    This is terrible!! The old saying “Nothing good happens after midnight” is true in a lot of cases.

    • NCMale

      I don’t know man….there may have been Hispanics involved as well. 100% certainty that it was one of the two, or both.

  • Bo Diddley

    The windshield was “scattered”? C’mon Fox8 let’s hire some literate staff even if you are using other station’s material…

    • JulieNC

      And “they’re heads”??? I totally agree with you….this needed editing before being posted!

  • Thomas Noell

    What we need is more gun control! Oh, wait; Durham County already has such strict gun laws, as it is one of the few NC counties where gun owners are required to register handguns. And let’s not forget the Durham restaurant that recently made headlines when armed robbers held up a “gun-free” business in broad day light. So, instead of passing even more anti-gun legislation and city/county ordinances, how about keep more violent gun offenders in jail and enforce the thousands of gun laws already on the books (down 42% in 2013 under Obama/Holder as opposed to the record year for gun prosecutions in 2004 during the Bush Administration, according to a Syracuse University study).

  • Anita LaPlant

    I lived in Durham for 6 months; that was all I could take. In one night 2 people died on the streets within one block of my apartment. I heard the shot that killed one man and I am ashamed to say I rolled over and went back to sleep. Black on black crime is rampant in this hole. It is a shame too, as it is such a beautiful old city!

  • j

    I can about bet if this would have been two white guys and a black guy would have been the victim the naacp would have been all over this, that city will never change its just a big ghetto.

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