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Neighbor: Gunshots heard 'all the time' where NCCU student was shot

Posted January 15
Updated January 16

— Durham police were searching for two people following a Sunday evening shooting that left a North Carolina Central University football player wounded.

Police said that George Wesley McGue was shot in the back at 404 Formosa Ave. shortly after 6 p.m. He was taken to Duke University Hospital for treatment, but police said the wound wasn't life-threatening.

McGue was a fourth-year defensive lineman from Coral Springs, Fla. Head coach Jerry Mack was not available for an interview Monday and a teammate who answered the door at the home where the shooting occurred did not want to comment.

Police said they are searching for two men in a black Honda Accord in connection with the shooting. Police are still unclear of the motive behind the shooting.

Lloyd Phillips, who lives in the neighborhood, said he is concerned not only for NCCU students, but for the community as a whole.

"It's a major transit people. You've got people who work here, you've got people who go to school here and live in the little neighborhood and that's a little disconcerting to me," he said."The university is there, but this is a university community so you have students who live in the dorms and obviously students who live right next door and throughout the community."

Phillips said he heard muffled noise coming from outside his house Sunday evening.

"I actually heard something around 6:15 p.m. and it sounded like it was on this side of the house but it sounded like one of those trash can lids closing because it was kind of muffled," he said.

He looked outside to see police cruisers responding to a shooting at a home next door.

"We hear gunshots all the time, all the time," he said.

A dorm is located nearby the home where the shooting occurred. Students said they hadn't heard of what happened because they were away for the long weekend.


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  • Paul Gemborys Jr Jan 17, 2017
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    Just read an article that had Durham the 23rd most dangerous city to live in the US, at least we were safer than Detroit!

  • Paul Gemborys Jr Jan 17, 2017
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    Well, some might need more but there are definitely some who need less!

  • Jeff Freuler Jan 17, 2017
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    Well you reap what you sow Durham. You complain about gunshots then when law enforcement shows up you complain about them. You went for many years without acknowledging the gang problem then it's too late to do anything about it. So there you have it.