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Durham Kids Find Shotgun; 1 Shot

Posted June 28, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— A 3-year-old is in a pediatric intensive care unit after undergoing surgery for a gunshot in his side Saturday. Police said he was shot by a 10-year-old playmate after they found a shotgun in a storage area under an apartment house.

Police said the two children and the victim's 4-year-old brother were playing behind the residence at 201 Broadway St. An investigator with the city's juvenile division said the 10-year-old did not mean to hurt the other child, and they don't expect to file charges.

Police are now trying to find out who owns the gun and how it came to be under the apartment house. The gun's owner could face charges of failing to properly secure a weapon.

Meanwhile, the shooting has upset the neighborhood. Residents say this isn't the first time tragedy has struck their community. Now they're ready to do something about it.

Because guns and drugs are nothing new to the area, residents have formed a group called the Old Five Points Association. They want to get rid of drugs and bring back a sense of community.

There's no doubt there's trouble on Broadway Street as two women scream accusations about each other with the camera rolling.

Candice Stiggler believes this and many other incidents in the community begin with drugs.

Stiggler says it's the stupidity of drug dealers that leads to accidents like the one that happened Saturday. She says the dealers hide their products and their weapons, then kids stumble upon them. Stiggler believes drug dealers have no concern for local kids. She says they're just out to hurt people and do whatever they have to do to make a dollar.

Irish Fisher wants to know how many more kids have to be shot before police do something about the neighborhood's crime. Fearing it could be many more, she and other members of the community gather every other month to talk about the problem of crime and how to handle it.

One member of the group says she can lie in her bed at night and hear nothing but gunshots. That's a sound that's common on streets like Broadway, and one neighbors want to silence.

The residents of Broadway Street hope that one day their community can be free of drugs and crime. They'll start moving towards that goal Wednesday when they gather with the Durham Police Department to talk over the concerns of the community, and, they hope, come up with some solutions.