Quarry Street Area a Frequent Stop for Police
Posted July 16, 1997
RALEIGH — The people who live there are afraid to step outside. Even police say it's not safe, and the area's record speaks for itself. Police have responded to 33 calls since Friday in the neighbhorhood where an officer was killed in a gunfight.
On Quarry street, every day is just another day of police activity in a crime ridden neighborhood. Early Friday morning a man was fatally shot there. Later the same day, Raleigh Police Det. Paul Hale was killed while investigating the earlier shooting. Then Tuesday, a man who says he was an innocent bystander was shot in the arm.
Shawn Johnson says he can't predict the future of the neighborhood. People there live day by day. Johnson believes what happened on Quarry Street could happen in any neighborhood.
In the several blocks that surround the place Hale was shot Raleigh police have responded to more than 1,100 calls in the last six months. Neighbors say the trouble continues because of the way the police respond.
Billy Hinton sees cops out on their beats in the area. He believes the officers need to step up their actions, instead of just riding and cruising. What looks like someone selling drugs could be much more.
Police and city leaders say they know there's a problem in the Quarry Street area. Mayor Tom Fetzer says the area already gets more attention than any other location in the city. Fetzer says he understands residents' frustrations and fears, but says what can be done is being done.
As a possible solution, Fetzer says there is a possibility of moving the mobile compass station to the neighborhood. That's the portable station that has been a big help in the equally crime-infested Carver Street community.