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Mother: Violence at McDougald Terrace makes it no place to raise kids

Posted June 30

— A man died early Friday morning in a shooting at Durham's McDougald Terrace, police said.

Police said the shooting was reported around 6 a.m. on Dayton Street. Responding officers found a man who had been shot.

Carl Suitt Jr., 27, of Durham, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Andrea Harris, a mother of two who lives in the area, said she heard the shots early in the morning but didn't go outside to see what happened.

"I heard like about two or three gunshots," Harris said. "It was around six or seven. It’s kind of like a firecracker, but I knew it was like a gunshot. With me, I don’t even open my door because my nerves, I can’t take it. I don’t want to see nobody dropping down dead. I don’t want to go to the police because I don’t want anybody trying to come to my house, wanting to kill me next."

Harris said she's used to that type of violence in McDougald Terrace, and she wants it to end.

"It’s bad for people who just want to do better in life," she said. "It’s hard. You’re coming home and all this stuff (is) going on, right in front of your face."

Andrea Harris, a mother of two, said the violence in her community makes it no place to raise her 10-year-old and 17-year old.

"It happens so much. They already know the drill. They hear things heating up, they come on in the house," Harris said.

Suitt was shot and about 20 yards from where Frank Clark was shot and killed by police in November.

In the McDougald Terrace community, police sometimes face another challenge.

"I don't want to go to the police because I don't want anybody to come to my house, wanting to kill me next," said a neighbor.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call Crime Stopper at 919-683-1200.

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  • Steve Faulkner Jun 30, 2:40 p.m.
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    Nothing to see here. Just another day in the projects in Durham.