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After 3 shootings in 4 days, Durham leaders want change for McDougald Terrace

Posted September 6

— Police have been working for a while to improve safety in the McDougald Terrace area, but after three shootings in four days, the situation has become more urgent.

Ashley Canady heads up the resident council. She said her children were outside when one of those shootings happened, right in front of them.

"I am still in shock. I'm just trying to figure out what is going on," Canady said. "It terrified my children to death. They're actually seeing therapists now."

Captain Daniel Edwards, the commander over the area that includes McDougald Terrace, said he has made changes as a result of the recent shootings.

"It's more targeted patrol. It's more assertive patrol. It's much more feet on the ground," Edwards said.

After 3 shootings in 4 days, Durham leaders want change for McDougald Terrace

Safety in the community was something Durham Police were working on before this weekend. Police host weekly community lunches to open up communication with residents. Laura Betye said she often attends the events.

"We're a strong community, and we're in many ways a very viable community. Take their acts of terrorism somewhere else," Betye said.

Many McDougald Terrace residents claim most of the time, those committing the crimes are not residents.

"We're a very vibrant community, and we have been taken advantage of. People come and do their misdeeds here, and they leave," Betye said.

Betye says she and other residents are working hard to make life better. She feels police, and the housing authority, have their backs.

"Together we have to work," Betye said. "We're a team."

Anthony Scott, CEO of the Durham Housing Authority, said it is committed to removing any residents who commit crimes, as the law allows. He said certain crimes merit a removal from public housing and the DHA pursues those aggressively.

Durham Councilman Charlie Reece said he's asked Canady to speak to the City Council tomorrow to tell them what they can do to make McDougald Terrace safer.

One thing residents want to see is a police substation in McDougald Terrace. WRAL asked Durham police if that is feasible and has not yet heard back.


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  • Charles Foster Sep 7, 11:55 a.m.
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    Yes, just a tiny, minute part of this outstanding community!🤔

  • Charles Foster Sep 7, 11:40 a.m.
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    If the bad guys could knock each other off without the occasional good being killed, this would be a positive step in self annihilation!😂🤣

  • Jerry Sawyer Sep 7, 11:30 a.m.
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    The crime rate in this area has been insane for years. This blood in on the mayors hands. He refuses to clean Durham up. All the residents will continue living in fear. So sad!

  • Jeffrey Derry Sep 7, 10:18 a.m.
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    Change ? Get rid of bill bell and the whole city council....Durham quickly on its way to be the next Baltimore...Detroit or Philadelphia #liberalismisamentaldisorder

  • Jeff Freuler Sep 7, 8:10 a.m.
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    You reap what you sow

  • Robin Cubbon Sep 7, 7:24 a.m.
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    i can imagine the folks that neighborhood are terrified that they or their children might be hit by a stray bullet. what a terrible stress to live under. i do hope the police can catch the few people who are doing this.

  • Joe Eastland Sep 7, 2:34 a.m.
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    This is so tragic. It takes away from the real issue in this community...those pesky Confederate statues.

  • Jeffrey Derry Sep 6, 10:42 p.m.
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    #durhamnc a rough town

  • Ben Hill Sep 6, 9:20 p.m.
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    The residents of McDougald Terrace asked for this when they rallied around Frank Clark against the police. The residents sided with a known criminal and now the criminals are taking over their community.