Durham, N.C. — A Durham man was injured when he was shot and wounded by a BB gun while riding his bike home from the store Monday night, one of several shootings that occurred in the city which is grappling with a wave of gun violence.
Shahid AsSalam, 71, was struck from behind while riding on Nantucket Avenue near Lynn Drive around 11:15 p.m.
AsSalam, a Vietnam veteran, said the projectile is still lodged in his arm, and the shooting triggered a flashback of attacks on the battlefield.
AsSalam and five other people were hurt Monday during four separate shootings over a span of seven hours in Durham.
The shootings occurred between 4:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., and all of the victims were taken to area hospitals for treatment of what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.
Video: 6 injured in 4 shootings in 7-hour period in Durham, police say
No arrests have been made in either case, and police have not yet publicly disclosed a motive in either of the incidents.
The shootings occurred just a few days after Durham city leaders said they would step up their efforts to reduce gun violence in the city.
That pledge came on the heels of a shooting in which a 9-year-old boy was killed while on an outing to get ice cream Sunday night. An 8-year-old boy in the car was also shot in the arm during the incident.
“This senseless, unspeakable act has galvanized our community for action,” Durham Mayor Steve Schewel said last week while talking about the death of the 9-year-old, Zyon Person. “This is a tragedy beyond words, but it is not a tragedy beyond action.”
In June, Durham City Council voted to remove funding for 18 additional police officers from the proposed 2019-20 budget.