Neighbors want violence to end after Saturday shooting

DURHAM (WTVD) -- Police are still searching for clues after a shooting on Saturday sent guests running for their lives at a backyard party in Durham.

Teresa Washington lives behind the home where the shooting took place. She said she was sitting on her back porch when she heard and saw the commotion.

"About 9 something you started hearing shots and everybody started running and running," she describes.

Police confirm they were called around 9 p.m. to the 1600 block of Liberty Street where it intersects with Briggs Avenue. They said a 26-year-old man was shot in the abdomen during an apparent argument outside.

While neighbors said they didn't know exactly who the injured man was, they said the family who lived there was a nice family. Neighbors told ABC11 that the party itself had been very quiet and orderly up until that point.

Some neighbors said they believe the shooter was possibly a guest at the party. However, this is a detail police have not confirmed.

Meanwhile, this shooting comes a week after a similar situation on Hinson Drive last Friday night. In that case, a drive-by shooting outside a family celebration left eight people injured, including Washington's son-in-law.

"He'll limp the rest of his life. His leg, he got shot in his leg," she said. "And that was family, it was a whole family at their home having a cookout."

While her son-in-law survived, the experience left him shaken. The recent shootings are urging her and other residents nearby to call for an end to violence in their community.

"They need to start praying, they need to go back to church," said Washington. "When we were young we went to church, we gave our time to God. These people, they're not doing that."

There have not been any charges in either of these shootings.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

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