Neighborhood calls for more police presence

Police say two young kids and a man were seriously injured in a drive-by shooting Sunday

October 25, 2011 3:48:21 PM PDT
Residents in a Durham neighborhood held a protest Tuesday evening, calling for more police presence in the North Driver Street area.

Two children were shot while in their home Sunday, and a third person, who was walking on the sidewalk, also was struck.

No arrests have been made and residents are angry and frustrated.

Durham police responded to a 911 call Tuesday, next door to Sunday's shooting. Relatives of the shooting victims rushed to the home thinking police made a break in the case, but became angry when they found out it was a suspected burglary call.

According to the Durham Police Department, 26 violent crimes have been reported within a half mile radius of Sunday's drive-by since January.

Joyce Jones says although she enjoys sitting on her porch, she is growing wary for safety reasons.

"I don't know whether I can sit out here on the porch too much now because with a drive-by shooting, you never know," the 77-year-old said. "There are children out here every day getting killed for no reason. They can't play in their own yard, let alone their home. This is crazy."

Authorities also posted fliers in the neighborhood Tuesday.

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