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Rocky Mount residents on edge after recent gang-related shootings

Posted February 25, 2016

— 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.


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  • Janet Ghumri Feb 26, 2016
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    Shooting into a group, vehicle, business or a house should carry a much stiffer penalty. The possibility of hitting multiple people is way too high and it shows a total disregard for the safety of anyone in the area.
    These 'innocent bystanders' are hit, and terrorized by the possibility of retaliation if they identify the shooters. These articles always say that the person /people hit were "not the intended target", but even if they are, they are too afraid to tell.
    The community has to band together and root out the bad guys, even if it's a family member. As long as they feel like no one is going to turn them in, it only gets worse.

  • Sean Creasy Feb 26, 2016
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    And this is news how? There has been gang violence in Rocky Mount for decades.

  • Dan Wilder Feb 26, 2016
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    Gangs are a combination of organized crime and domestic terrorism. They do used terrorism to control the people in what they regard as their territories. Theses are not just petty criminals. The good and decent people in these areas will have to step up and do everything they can to take back their neighborhoods by assisting the police in the fight against gangs. They live there and have a much more in the way of knowledge regarding who, what and where than the police do. It's going to take a combined effort in order to fight gangs.