Stray bullet narrowly misses sleeping Goldsboro boy
Posted August 1, 2011 6:31 p.m. EDT
Updated August 1, 2011 6:56 p.m. EDT
Goldsboro, N.C. — 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.
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.