Some Stand Ready For More Violence, Others Hope It Will Stop

Greenville Police are busy dealing with four shootings in five days. Residents near where they happened are on guard.

The latest shooting happened Tuesday night on Fleming Street where a man was shot on a neighbor's front porch. Police say 18-year-old Shikim Alston was on the porch of his neighbors home when a shot struck him in the back. He's in good condition in the hospital. And as is the case with all of the shootings over the past several days--there are no suspects in custody.

92-year-old J.D. Spruill lives near where that shooting happened. He's been the victim of a robbery and now stands ready. "No I wasn't scared. I was sitting right here with my weapon in my pocket. I've got a permit to carry concealed."

Fleming street has seen its share of violence in the past. A shooting there in October of 2006 resulted in the death of 23-year-old Dondre Bynum.

Another resident, James Chapman, hopes the violence will end. "I'd like to see the community come together collectively and work with a lot of the issues we have in the neighborhood--including the kids." Spruill says, "I would like to see things get back pleasant, and normal as they used to be--which I don't think will happen--maybe it will--I'd love to see that."

Greenville police say they are investigating all of the shootings separately.

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  • by OneMindAnyWeapon Location: Greenville on Jul 7, 2011 at 01:18 PM
    Keep up the good work GPD. I'm sure your department is utilizing every available resource it has at it's disposal to catch these bad guys, including bringing in extra manpower. Don't let other peoples negativity bring you & your department down. Thank you for what you do & stay safe Brothers in Blue. The fight never ends.
  • by Dave Location: (0OO0) on Jul 7, 2011 at 11:45 AM
    Mayor Pat Dumm and her buddy Chief Anderson need to go ASAP!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 7, 2011 at 08:40 AM
    Maybe the mayor and city council are taking conceal carry classes. now would that be a hoot.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 7, 2011 at 06:02 AM
    Ok...Allow me to dumb it down. He's basically telling Seer that the city never wanted the G-Vegas moniker (nickname). That was Seer's basis for the rest of his post. With that being inaccurate, then the rest of what he had to say holds no merit. I used to work downtown at a bar/pizzeria. You could tell over the years what was happening. The authorities refusing to use the word "gang" in any sort of open forum was baffling.
  • by Brandon Location: Greenville on Jul 7, 2011 at 05:43 AM
    Maybe we should just bulldoze West Greenville, re-locate the inhabitants to Kinston, and take our city back.
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      by what the on Jul 7, 2011 at 07:11 AM in reply to Brandon
      that's part of ECU's Master Plan
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        by Brandon on Jul 7, 2011 at 07:41 AM in reply to what the
        I honestly hope it is. ECU is what keeps Greenville alive. We need to get rid of the problem at the source of the problem... and that is West Greenville. Yes, crime happens everywhere, but most of that crime is spawned in West Greenville.
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      by Standing Tall..... on Jul 7, 2011 at 07:20 AM in reply to Brandon
      ....well that is really mature approach to the situation, "Judge not least ye be judged thyself" whether in person or place, how about taking control of the situation at hand and showing some initiative in fixing the problems instead of turning your back on the problem and moving it elsewhere....
  • by Anonymous on Jul 7, 2011 at 05:39 AM
    where is the mayor and the city council, especially kandi smith. are they on vacation or do not know what to say.
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      by Miranda on Jul 7, 2011 at 06:54 AM in reply to
      Kandi only knows how to be a part of the problem...not the solution! She already proved herself incompetent as far as I am concerned!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 6, 2011 at 09:05 PM
    Welcome to Greenville, soon to be renamed East Compton.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 6, 2011 at 08:42 PM
    its crazy how this can be blamed on the college kids and 95% of them aren't even here right now!! the thugs are just hurting each other right now. let them go for it. let them wipe themselves out if they're that dumb!!
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      by REM on Jul 7, 2011 at 03:52 AM in reply to
      So let me get this right... you are advocating for thugs to "go for it"? Ever hear of crossfire?
  • by Bruce the Shark Location: Greenville on Jul 6, 2011 at 08:38 PM
    I bet the NAACP, Kandi Smith, the SCLC, and other groups could give us answers on how to stop the violence. We should ask them for guidance. After all, its in their district.
  • by hey neighbors!!! on Jul 6, 2011 at 07:46 PM
    get together and rat these punks out!!!! if you know who they are, SPEAK! the violence will never end and your children could be next! stand against it or it will OWN you. im all for the 92 year old man with his gun in his pocket waitin for some thugs to dare cross his path. i hope he gets him some. the rest of you need to be so brave.
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