Kill Devil Hills man charged with two episodes of firing gunshots in town

Daniel Charles Duke II

Police have charged a 36-year-old Kill Devil Hills man in connection with two incidents of firing gunshots within town.

Kill Devil Hills police conducted a search warrant at a home in the 300 block of West Durham Street on Jan. 15 in connection with the incidents, the first on Nov. 22 on East 3rd Street and the second on Jan. 14 on West Durham Street.

In the November case, residents in the area of East 3rd Street reported shots being fired at around 8 p.m. and found shell casings in driveways and along the road the next day. The second violation occurred Jan. 14 around 3 a.m. when neighbors reported shots fired in the 300 block of West Durham Street, police said.

No people were targeted in either incident and no property was reported damaged on either occasion, police said in a news release.

In the investigation that followed, Kill Devil Hills police identified the shooter as Daniel Charles Duke II of Kill Devil Hills, the release said. A 9 mm Taurus semiautomatic handgun was recovered during the course of the initial investigation and a 20-gauge shotgun in the Jan. 15 search of Duke’s home, police said. The 9 mm was used in the E. 3rd Street incident and the shotgun was used in the West Durham Street incident.

Handgun in East 3rd Street shooting incident. [Kill Devil Hills police]

Duke was charged with discharging a firearm in the town limits and possession of firearm by felon for the 3rd Street incident, police said.

He was located and arrested by the Dare County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 16 and placed under a $11,500 bond. After further investigation connected Duke to the Jan. 14 incident, he turned himself in on the new discharging a firearm in the town Limits and firearm possession by a felon charges, police said. He was placed under a $23,000 bond and has been released from jail.

Shotgun in shots fired incident on West Durham Street. [Kill Devil Hills police]

Possession of firearm by felon is a Class G felony and discharging a firearm in the town limits is a Class 3 misdemeanor.

“The Department would like to thank the Dare County Sheriff’s Office, Nags Head Police Department and Kitty Hawk Police Department for their assistance with the January 15th, 2020 search warrant and the Sheriff’s Office for locating Mr. Duke so quickly after warrants were obtained for the November 22nd, 2020 incident,” the release said.

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