RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A 21-year-old man has been arrested and charged in a double shooting that left one man dead and another injured in Raleigh Thursday.
Raleigh police charged Derrick Lamont Jones, of Durham for murder in connection with the shooting death of Floyd Smith, Jr, 26, of Florida City, FL.
The shooting happened in the same community where people who live there are already under a curfew at night. The curfew at the Raleigh North Millbank Court apartments begins at 10:00 at night.
“I’m not scared,” said Josephine Currin, who has lived in the community for more than 20 years. “I’m praying for this community.”
In a one-mile radius around the complex, Raleigh Police said there have been more than 1,500 calls for service in the past year.
Sincere Arrington, 18, also lives in the community and he told us he does not think the curfew is working.
“Ever since the curfew, it’s like everything has been out of hand really,” said Arrington.
Currin said she is glad to see the curfew. She said people are not hanging out in the parking lot late at night nearly as much and she believes it’s a first step toward positive change.
“I think the curfew is going to be very effective and it’s going to work,” said Currin.
For some of the kids who live in the community, they will get the opportunity to take part in a summer program, starting Monday, which is part of an anti-gang initiative.
A dozen kids, from the ages of 10-15, will take part in the program at NC State and will learn about computer science. The program is five days a week from 8 am to 4 pm. It will last for six weeks this summer.
The kids will learn how to code and build computer games.
It is organized, in part, through a non-profit called the Give Back Organization.
“There are a lot of cuss words, a lot of being demeaned on a daily basis,” said Ronneil Robinson, executive director of the Give Back Organization.
“If you can take them out of that environment and put them in an environment where they can be uplifted and show them that they can be more than a drug dealer or living on the system, then it’s a better way for them.”