Durham residents want end to violence

August 7, 2012 2:52:03 PM PDT
A recent spate of violence has put extra emphasis on National Night Out events in Durham.

Early Tuesday, a man was shot to death at Wabash and Truman streets near E. Lawson Street in the McDougald Terrace Community.

It is the second deadly shooting in that area this week. On Saturday night, one person was killed and another was injured in the 1400 block of Lawson Street.

Last week, there were complaints about safety after a jogger was attacked running on the Tobacco Trail. It's the fifth reported attack in three months.

The incidents come as Durham and other communities hold National Night Out. It's a community-police awareness-raising event that's usually held the first Tuesday of August nationwide.

The event is meant to increase awareness about crime prevention efforts such as neighborhood watches.

About 90 neighborhoods in Durham were set to take part in events Tuesday, including one sponsored by Bull City Outreach Ministries, an organization that has responded to the recent shootings.

"The attitude is ho-hum; it's just another dead person. I just don't see it that way. One's a 26 year old and another 27 year old and that's just not okay with me that people are dying like that," offered Terry Shuff with Bull City Outreach Ministries.

Shuff said the community must get involved.

"It's time for the churches to get busy because if they look outside their windows people are being killed outside their windows," he said.

Authorities say the best way to take back the streets in problem areas is to work with law enforcement through neighborhood watches and reporting suspicious activity.

Police have also stepped up patrols along the Tobacco Trail.

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