Kinston police working to put a stop to crime after recent shots fired calls

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Kinston Police say five shots fired reports from the past week might all be related. Here are some of the details:

Thursday night, officers responded to shots fired into a residence call. This time, it was at Jack Rountree Apartments. On Wednesday, someone shot into an unoccupied home in the 800 block of Dixon Street.

Last week, a trio of shootings started at a home in the 600 block of Dixon Street, followed by shots on Pollock Street and Morningside Drive where a dog was killed.

Officers said these cases will crack in just a matter of time.

Most would say seeing the ice cream truck, or kids running around on a hot summer day, is normal. Residents of this Kinston neighborhood said hearing gun shots is what they are used to.

“There’s always been shooting where I stay at in Kinston that’s why it’s normal to me,” said Jamel Hall, a Kinston resident.

In the past two weeks, Kinston neighborhoods have seen numerous reports about shots fired. Kevin Devine, Kinston Police Sergeant, said they are aware of the rise in crime and are working to put a stop to it.

Families who live there are worried they cannot wait to see a change.

“We have three kids between me and her, and you know, I’m sitting outside with my baby girl and they are going off and I’m like, ‘Nah, it’s time to move,” said Angela Thomas, a Kinston resident. “It’s not going to get better till the apartments stop moving people in.”

Others are also waiting for change. Sergeant Devine urges residents to be patient because it is a priority.

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