Police investigate man found dead after Durham shooting
A Raleigh man found dead with a gunshot wound in a Durham parking lot Sunday night had been shot at least once before.
Officers found the body of Jerome Edward Fogg, 32, after responding to a reported shooting at about 9 p.m. in the 900 block of Wadesboro Street at Lynn Haven apartments, off Lynn Road, Durham police said.
About four years ago, Fogg was found in Fuquay-Varina slumped against a wall in an apartment building breezeway at 109 Bay Tree St., The News & Observer reported.
Fogg had been shot in the torso and one hip and was taken to WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh.
As of July 20, there had been 22 homicides in Durham, compared to 17 by that time last year, according to police statistics.
Joe Murdock, who has lived at the Lynn Haven apartments for about a year, heard about 10 guns shots around 9 p.m., he said.
“They were like, boom, boom, boom, boom,” Murdock said. “Then there was a little pause. And then the shots started again.”
Murdock’s 9-year-old was playing football on the grass just outside his apartment with about five other kids.
His son came into the apartment and said someone had been shot, but Murdock initially thought he was overreacting.
“Unfortunately here is my mentality. We hear gunshots all the time,” he said. “Whether it be over there, or over there, we hear them all the time.”
But when Murdock looked at his son’s eyes, he knew it was different this time.
Murdock walked over to the parking lot and saw a man lying on the ground about five feet away from a fallen motorcycle.
“Kids saw him. Everybody saw him, laying dead on the ground out there,” Murdock said. “It was horrible.”
The shooting has left the neighborhood uneasy, he said.
“These kids are going to come out here and see the blood stains on the ground,” he said.
More police officers rejected
The Durham City Council recently rejected a budget request from Police Chief C.J. Davis and City Manager Tom Bonfield to add 18 more police officers.
Murdock said seeing more police officers would make him and others feel safer, he said, but he also doesn’t want officers harassing him and his neighbors.
He doesn’t understand how people can start shooting when they know others are nearby.
“It’s a point of individual morality,” he said. “You see kids out here playing, and you still let off. Like you don’t even care. You’re so angry at whatever this brother did that you will shoot him and anybody around him.”
Anyone with information about Sunday’s shooting is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.