Yet another fatal Durham shooting has people pleading for the gun violence to stop

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Monday, July 18, 2022
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Flowers mark the spot where a man in his 20s was gunned down in Durham on Briggs Avenue late Sunday night.

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- Flowers mark the spot where a man in his 20s was gunned down in Durham on Briggs Avenue late Sunday night.

"It messed me up. I'm still messed up from it," a man who lives near the crime scene told ABC11 on Monday.

He's just one of many people still visibly upset and frustrated Monday about the gun violence problem in Durham, which mirrors plenty of other cities across the country.

"I looked out again and I saw a body laying down there. I said, that's that's somebody son or somebody uncle or somebody nephew," he said. "I know he was young. He could have been my kid."

The Briggs Avenue shooting wasn't even the only fatal shooting in Durham on Sunday. Jamarr Parker, 31, was shot and killed while driving on I-885 north near Ellis Road.

Durhamites are frustrated, confused and in search of a solution.

Durham City Council recently approved ShotSpotter, a technology that can pinpoint gunshots and help deploy officers quickly to where the shots were fired. But that system has not yet been installed, and it remains unclear if that system will even help reduce the amount of gun violence.

"I don't know if it's ShotSpotter. That's another reactionary tool. But I don't know that it's going to be helpful for what they think it's going to be helpful for."