Residents say gunfire common in Raleigh neighborhood
Security camera video shows frightened children ducking for cover after shots were fired near a playground in southeast Raleigh.
sound of seven gunshots, forcing Children to maybe have to dodge bullets on a playground. That's what happened at one Raleigh Park. You could hear it and see it now. It was all caught on security camera. Thank you for joining us. I'm David Crabtree in for Gerald Owens, and I'm Lena to let this happen. At the corner of Lee and East Streets at Junior Sorrel Park tonight, neighbors air sharing that video and their concerns with us on Lee on WRL Sloan Heffernan introduces us to neighbors who are fed up with the violence. Yeah, this is right where the kids were playing when the shots rang out. Crime is nothing new in this neighborhood, but after seeing the footage, many here are saying enough is enough. Ah, quiet afternoon captured on security camera. Listen as gunshots break the silence as we zoom in, you can see two Children on the playground across the street watch again. As the first shots were fired, one child drops to the ground. Just moments later, another round. The Children back up and grab ahold of one another. I think it's terrible and the kids can't play, you know Andrew D's Mack Hicks was born and raised near the park on the street. She says she thought crime would go down in the Southeast Raleigh neighborhood as new, more expensive homes went up when I thought maybe it would, since they're doing the gentrification. But it seems like me is getting worse. Neighbors we spoke to say this nearby convenience store on Brag Street is the root of the problem. They say gang members hang out there, avoid that at all, come because it just doesn't make any sense. It's dangerous. Police were called to the Bragg Street convenience Store 127 times. In the past two years, 18 calls were drug related. There have been two shootings and two stabbings and three gun related calls. The building is owned by the nonprofit Passage Home. Its mission. Break the Cycle of poverty. City Council member Corey Branch is on the board. Some of these challenges have been here for too long. We just have to work to uproot it, Booker says. They have increased police patrols, but more needs to be done, like providing jobs and more opportunities to the people who live in this neighborhood. The CEO for the nonprofit passage home tells me that the least for the convenience store was in place when they bought the building five years ago, and they're working toe by out that least and replaced the property with affordable housing in Raleigh Sloan Heffernan WRL News