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Stray bullet narrowly misses sleeping Goldsboro boy

Posted August 1, 2011

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— Five months after a 3-year-old girl was killed by a stray bullet on a Goldsboro playground, gunfire rang out again in the neighborhood Sunday night.

In the latest shooting, a bullet went through the pillow of a 6-year-old boy sleeping in a home on Carver Driver, nearly hitting him, his family said.

"I thought my grandson had gotten hurt, maybe even killed," Barbara McKinnie said.

Kysheen Smith said he heard nothing and woke up only after his mother started shaking him.

"My mom (shook) my leg to wake me up. That's when I fell off the couch, and my brother was in the hallway crying," Kysheen said.

"All I could say was, 'Thank you, Jesus,'" said his mother, Shamell Weeks.

Weeks called 911, but she said it took the police too long to respond, which she believes is a common concern for residents in the Lincoln Homes neighborhood.

"They shoot out here almost every night, and (police) just don't care," she said.

Goldsboro police said their records show seven minutes elapsed between the time the 911 call came in and the time officers began taking a report from Weeks.

Goldsboro shooting Stray bullet narrowly misses sleeping Goldsboro boy

At least five homes and three cars were shot Sunday. Residents have reported shots fired in the neighborhood two other times since last Thursday.

"I've got to move," Weeks said. "My kids are scared to come here. They're scared. They don't want to stay here."

Princess Shelby King was killed Feb. 27 while on a playground near Day Circle and Slocumb Street. Derrick Raymont Best, 29, was arrested three weeks later in Greenville and charged with murder in her death.

Goldsboro police said the number of shootings in the surrounding neighborhood has escalated recently, and officers are looking at ways to better protect the area.

Residents said they just want the violence to stop.

"Please think about the innocent people. Too many kids are getting killed," McKinnie said.

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  • wildcat Aug 2, 2011

    God was with him. He is blessed and a miracle.

  • Bimmers Rock Aug 2, 2011

    Whoever is doing the shooting needs to be sent to Afghanistan....put your JOY of shooting to a good cause for a change!!!!!!

  • Con Amor brings luv and laughter Aug 2, 2011

    Scary for the families to have to go through that. I know exactly how the boy feels. I grew up way out in the country, and when I was little, some ol man was in his yard drunk firing off rounds one night, a bullet went right through the headboard of my bed, where I lay sleeping.. I didnt know a thing until my mom jerked me up out of the bed screaming & the police came. LoL! Me & Kysheen must have had the same angel watching over us. I hope that neighborhood gets cleaned up.. Sad thing is, I would almost bet money that the ones causing all of the disruptions there, are either teenagers who live there with their own parents, or teenage baby-daddies who are living off of the baby mama in the projects, not caring who they hurt, or if their own child gets evicted into the streets because of their foolish actions. Oh the sad times we're in.

  • hmhrn Aug 2, 2011

    In order for the police to help, they need cooperation from the citizens. Unfortunately, this does not happen in Goldsboro.

  • sammyg Aug 2, 2011

    Sounds like it's past time for citizen patrols...armed if necessary!

  • Wendellcatlover Aug 2, 2011

    If, indeed, it took only 7 minutes to respond, that sounds reasonable to me. I try to give the police the benefit of the doubt in these cases. They can't be everywhere all the time. I believe, that at their core, most police want to "serve and protect" others. I'm sure there are bad cops, just like in any other field, but I believe the majority are men and women looking to keep us all safe. It sounds like this particular neighborhood needs round-the-clock security of some sort.

  • Eastern N.C. Native Aug 1, 2011

    Some people love to bash the police...

  • right2life Aug 1, 2011

    Time to move. Neighbors and police should work together to improve the area. But I'd get my kids out of there. Even a homeless shelter sounds safer.