Teen killed in Durham as city leaders struggle with ways to battle gun violence – WRAL.com

Teen killed in Durham as city leaders struggle with ways to battle gun violence - WRAL.com
9-year-old killed, 8-year-old injured in Durham shooting
Durham, N.C. — As Durham City Council members discussed Monday night how best to fight gun violence in the city, an 18-year-old was shot a few miles away.

The teenager died after being shot in the chest at an apartment complex in the 2900 block of Chapel Hill Road shortly before 8:30 p.m., police said.

Police say someone in a car fired shots into the SUV the children were riding in. Investigators dont believe the shooting was random. Durham police Chief C.J. Davis says the department is working aggressively to identify the people involved.

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A Durham man, 36-year-old Michael Lester Morgan, was arrested. Police said the two men had an altercation.

About 3 miles away from the shooting, City Council members vowed to come up with a concrete plan to stop such shootings in Durham.

9-year-old dies after drive-by shooting in Durham, 8-year-old injured

“As long as we have the guns that we have on our streets in the United States, as long as we are doing nothing as a nation and a state to stop the proliferation of guns, we are going to have this gun violence,” Mayor Steve Schewel said.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) A drive-by shooting in Durham has killed a 9-year-old boy and injured an 8-year-old boy, motivating some leaders to speak out against gun violence.

Shooting death of 9-year-old prompts calls for action in NC

The effort came a day after 9-year-old Zyon Person was killed in a drive-by shooting. Zyon was riding in his aunts car near the intersection of Duke and Leon streets when he was shot at about 9 p.m. Sunday.

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“There were barely any words used because there was just sobbing,” Councilman Mark-Anthony Middleton said of his discussion Monday night with the boys aunt. “All she could get out was, Why did this have to happen? We were on our way to get ice cream.”

The council held a moment of silence for Zyon, who was Durhams 24th homicide victim so far this year.

Although they didnt take any action Monday, members agreed they must do more to keep the children in the community safe. One member called for a community safety task force, while another said more police are needed.

“A few weeks ago, I had to endure the shock and dismay of gunfire in front of my very own house,” Councilwoman DeDreana Freeman said. “I am not OK with it.”

“We heard about 15 shots when it happened,” Rose said. “They were right in a row, clearly traveling down the street. It was terrifying. It was probably over in about five seconds.”

Police said they believe Zyon and an 8-year-old who was shot in his arm were riding in a Ford Escape. The shooters, believed to be traveling in a burgundy Honda Accord with tinted windows, fired multiple shots into the car, police said.

“I didnt sleep well, so I can only imagine what thats doing to children,” Rose said. “I hurt for them, for our future, for the fact that this is just becoming normal. I just dont see any point in which children should be dying. Its our job to protect them.”

“The Durham Police Department extends condolences to the family of Zyon Person, Chief C.J. Davis said. This is another act of senseless violence that simply must be stopped, and we are working aggressively to identify the people involved.”

Middleton agrees. He said hed call on the chief and his City Council colleagues to again consider adding police officers and to purchase gunshot detection technology.

The council voted in June to remove funds for 18 additional police officers from the proposed 2019-20 city budget.

“I dont care how tall our buildings get or how great our restaurants get if we cant keep our children safe,” Middleton said Monday afternoon. “I do not think that we have gone as hard as we can on this issue of gun violence in our city.”

“Before we can look these folks in the eye and offer our condolences, we need to be able to say, as a government, that we have gone as hard on this issue as we have on protecting bikers with protected bike lanes,” he said. “And we have not gone as far on this issue.”

Anyone with information about either shooting is asked to call Durham police at 919-560-4440, extensions 29284 or 29341, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

Durham, N.C. — A Durham woman is speaking out against gun violence after she witnessed the shooting of two boys outside her home.

The fatal shooting occurred Sunday before 9 p.m. near the intersection of Duke Street and Leon Street. Durham police said two boys, ages nine and eight, were driven to a local hospital in a private car.

The 9-year-old, identified as Zyon Person, died at the hospital. The 8-year-old suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his arm, police said.

“We heard about 15 shots when it happened,” she said. “I saw what I thought was a motorcycle backfiring…and they were right in a row, clearly traveling down the street. It was terrifying. It was probably over in about five seconds.”

Police believe the children were shot while traveling in a Ford Escape. The suspects, believed to be traveling in a burgundy Honda Accord with tinted windows, fired multiple shots into the boys car, police said.

“I think that we shouldnt have guns period,” said Rose. “I just dont see any point in which children should be dying. Its our job to protect them. And allowing guns into the hands of those is definitely not doing that.”

“The Durham Police Department extends condolences to the family of Zyon Person, said Chief C.J. Davis. This is another act of senseless violence that simply must be stopped and we are working aggressively to identify the people involved.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Cramer at 919-560-4440, ext. 29284, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.


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