Sheriff Birkhead Responds to Child Killed in Shooting Incident
Durham, NC (August 19, 2019) - "Today, we learned about a terrible tragedy in our own back yard. I was saddened to see gun violence cut short the life of a 9-year-old boy and severely injure an 8-year-old child, right here in Durham. As Durham County Sheriff and on behalf of the men and women representing our Office, sincere condolences go to the families of both victims. Less than two weeks ago, the Durham County Sheriff’s Office celebrated National Night Out Against Crime. Right before meeting with community groups and neighbors county-wide, I talked about anti-gun violence; in the wake of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio that marred the first weekend of August.
"We stand together with Mayor Steve Schewel, Police Chief Davis and the Durham Police Department to get guns off our streets and identify those responsible for this incident. The unthinkable is becoming normal – and I am committed to change that mindset. Like before, my thoughts today return to the people of Durham -- and for their safety.
"I cannot emphasize enough: we must reduce gun violence in Durham County. Our community is much better than this."