DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A 17-year-old is recovering after being shot in the hip during a Durham shooting Wednesday that left his 27-year-old relative dead.
Sadontae’ Holloway and his 27-year-old cousin, Denzel Holloway, were shot while at Rockwood Park around 5:40 p.m.
Denzel Holloway, of Durham, was fatally wounded in the shooting, police said.
Sadontae’ Holloway remains in the hospital after being shot in the hip.
The two shootings come just two days after police say a woman was randomly shot as she drove downtown.
“Every time you turn around there’s a shooting,” said Danielle Caldwell, of Durham.
She says the violence must stop.
For the first half of 2017 in the City of Durham, there have been nine homicides, 66 rapes and 632 aggravated assaults.
According to the Durham Police Department, the number of homicides is down from the same time last year- but the number of rapes and assaults are up.
“How can I keep my children safe,” Caldwell asked. “When I pay taxes and I’m depending on the police force and the mayor to make sure we can live in a safe environment and I don’t hear anything about what’s going on, it’s obviously a problem.”
CBS North Carolina took her questions to Mayor Bill Bell, to keep those in charge, accountable.
“How are you and the police force working together to control the shootings in this city,” reporter Derrick Lewis asked.
“Well again, I’m not so sure we can control the shootings,” Bell responded. “What we can try to do is to make sure that persons are aware of the consequences that are involved in the shootings. I think what we’re finding is that too many of our young people, especially African-American males are taking things into their own hands without really thinking about the consequences.”
“It’s unbelievable,” said Caldwell. “I think it is getting out of control and we haven’t heard from any officials really what’s going on in this city. It’s like the wild west.”
Bell says that while gun violence is a community problem, it’s one that could be stemmed if the right steps are taken early.
“We have to spend more time mentoring our young people,” he said. “Find jobs for them, but by the same token, holding them accountable, as well as the parents accountable for their actions.”
Durham police believe Wednesday’s shooting was not a random act. No charges have been filed in the shooting.