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'We have to get things under control:' Concerns over gun violence linger as Streets at Southpoint reopens

Posted November 27, 2021 7:15 a.m. EST
Updated November 28, 2021 6:26 a.m. EST

— The Streets at Southpoint reopened on Saturday with heightened security including a K-9 unit following a shooting on Black Friday.

As of Saturday afternoon, one man was still in critical condition, while the other two gunshot victims — a 10-year-old child and an adult man — were expected to recover from their injuries.

An additional three people were injured during the evacuation, but their injuries were not life-threatening.

The Durham Police Department said Friday that one person was in custody but said Saturday that no charges have yet been filed.

Durham police chief Patrice Andrews said that the shooting occurred between two groups of people who knew each other just before 3:30 p.m. on the second floor of the mall.

Durham City Councilman Mark-Anthony Middleton credited the training of law enforcement, including off-duty police officers, to de-escalate the situation.

"You can never overtrain," he said. "With every situation, we're going to look at it [to] see what we learned and see what we can do better."

The department manager for H&M told WRAL News business was slower than expected Saturday, but his team was feeling OK.

"We had a talk with the team and we’re feeling pretty good," Steven Beaudry said.

Andrews said the shooting was never an active shooter situation as the individuals involved fled immediately after the shooting.

Middleton said he was disappointed to learn about gunfire disrupting in a public space on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

"The people in Durham are suffering and we have crime running rampant," said community activist Jackie Wagstaff.

Middleton said the shooting was another reminder that city leaders need everyone to address the gun problem in Durham.

"This is an issue that needs all hands on deck, and that concerns us all," Middleton added.

City leaders said they want to see immediate solutions to get a grip on the violence, and that investing in law enforcement is the answer.

"We have to have law enforcement that can put things in check when they need to be in check," said Wagstaff.

Meanwhile, Middle notes that he's looking forward to building a working relationship with the new police chief and new council members to tackle the gun violence head on.

"With new leadership coming into the since ... I think people want us to put all things on the table while still safeguarding our Durham values," said Middleton.

Wagstaff said she envisions a Durham where residents don't have to worry about being shot at.

"We have to get things under control," she said.

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