Rocky Mount residents on edge after recent gang-related shootings
Posted February 25, 2016
Rocky Mount, N.C. — Authorities have made four arrests recently in a string of gang-related shootings in Rocky Mount.
On Feb. 18, Rocky Mount resident Harold Bunn said gunfire from a car traveling on Burton Street hit his home.
“Scary; I was scared,” Bunn said. “I heard shots—boom, boom, boom.”
Bunn said his 12-year-old nephew—who was sitting outside during the incident—fell inside the front door with a gunshot wound to his leg.
The 12-year-old was not the intended target, Bunn said.
The next day, McKayda Dracy, 13, was hit by a stray bullet on 902 Nashville Road after an argument escalated between two nearby groups, authorities said.
Police said a third shooting occurred recently inside a home on Woodland Avenue. Nobody was injured in the incident, according to authorities.
Investigators said they believe the three shootings were related to gang activity in the Rocky Mount area.
"While we seek and apprehend perpetrators of gun violence, we recognize that a comprehensive public health approach to addressing this growing gun violence crisis is necessary,” said Rocky Mount Police Chief James Moore.
Police told WRAL News that more arrests related to the shootings are expected. Authorities are currently searching for LaQuan Allen, 24, of Rocky Mount, who is also tied to the shooting of the 13-year-old girl.