Despite worries, crime down in southeast Raleigh
Posted July 7, 2010 3:19 p.m. EDT
Updated December 3, 2010 11:25 a.m. EST
Raleigh, N.C. — Raleigh police say crime is down across the board in a part of downtown that neighbors believe is a regular trouble spot.
The latest trouble happened Tuesday evening when three people were shot in the 900 block of Edenton Street – part of the Raleigh Police Department's Southeast District.
"More patrolling would help, because when people see police cars, whatever they were going to do, they don't do," longtime resident Elizabeth Atkinson said.
Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said there is already increased patrolling in the area. Coupled with an active community policing program, the extra patrols have led to a decrease in the number of crimes, he said.
Overall reported crime was down 16 percent from January to June, and violent crime was down 24 percent from the same time last year.
In the first six months of last year, there were five homicides and 160 robberies. So far this year, the district has had one homicide and 80 robberies.
Police are still searching for suspects in Tuesday night's shooting. Witnesses reported hearing a dozen or more gunshots around 9:30 p.m.
The victims, Lamar Rashad Kinlaw, 19; Mikal Jajuan Jordan, 16; and a 14-year-old boy were taken to WakeMed with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police haven't released a motive for the shooting but are searching a white, four-door 2000 Chevrolet Malibu that might be connected to the case.
Investigators ask that anyone with information that might assist the case contact the Raleigh Police Department's Detective Division at 919-996-3555 or Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP.
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