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Families in East Durham concerned after police gunfight and shooting at scene

DURHAM, NC (WNCN) — Families living near Elm Street in East Durham are left shaking after a shooting broke out in the middle of a crime scene Sunday night.

Police initially responded to a reported shooting at the intersection of Main and Elm Streets around 10 p.m. Sunday. She found an unoccupied vehicle at the intersection that had been shot at.

A man who lives nearby told CBS 17 that the shots were “the loudest he’s ever heard.”

Officials had closed the intersection to investigate, and then police said two cars entered the intersection and their drivers were actively shooting.

Police said two officers fired guns at the suspects on foot, but the suspects escaped.

Authorities said no one was hurt in the shooting and police are still investigating whether anyone was hurt in the unoccupied car they originally came to to investigate.

Police said there was an accessible gunshot wound with non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital just after 10pm, but it was unclear if that person in the vehicle at the intersection was injured.

While police said no one was injured in the shooting, at least one woman’s car window was shot out in her driveway along Elm Street.

Alice Walker lives in the community of Edgemont Elms, near where the shooting took place, and she said a bullet struck the side of her home years ago.

“It really pisses me off because we’re residents and homeowners trying to pay for our home, and we’re not paying for something that people can come down our street and destroy,” Walker said. “City leaders need to step up their game.”

So far this year, there have been 357 shootings in Durham, down from the 373 shootings the city saw this time last year.

CBS 17 reached out to Mayor Elaine O’Neal for an update on Durham’s crime cabinet, which she discussed during her state of the city address in April.

O’Neal did not report back with CBS 17 on Monday.

But Brenda Howerton, chair of the Durham Board of County Commissioners, told CBS 17 that the Durham Crime Cabinet has been meeting for four months now and they meet once a month.

CBS 17 asked Howerton if the group had come up with any possible solutions to combat gun violence.

Howerton said they are focused on addressing concerns about affordable housing, which she says is linked to the gun violence issue.

But people living along Elm Street are demanding more immediate solutions as they told CBS 17 they regularly hear gunfire in their neighborhoods.

“I pray for my neighborhood every night and every day, I pray,” Walker said. “From the town hall to the police station, we all have to come together. We need to create a floor plan for these kids.”

Durham Police announced in April that it was adding a second centralized unit focused on solving Durham shootings. CBS 17 asked police Monday for an update on the progress the second unit has made in fighting violent crime, but we’re still awaiting a response.

Durham’s next Crime Cabinet meeting is on August 12.

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Dais Johnston

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