ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — A shooting in Elizabeth City, North Carolina leaves a community in shock and calling for change.
Three people were shot and killed near Perry Street and Jordan Street around 5 p.m. Thursday.
The victims were identified as 18-year-old Jaquan White, 39-year-old De'Shay Berry and 3-year-old Allura Pledger.
A resident who did not want to be identified told 13News Now he heard gunshots before sunset.
He rushed over to the scene on Jordan Street, where he said he found multiple gunshot victims in and near a car, "it’s something I will never forget in my life."
He also said he has noticed gun violence rise in the neighborhood for the last year or two. He wants to see more programs and resources brought to the area.
“Since COVID hit, we’ve been bare bones around here. We’ve been struggling. A lot of poverty. A lot of disadvantage," the neighbor said.
The shooting happened just blocks away from where Pasquotank County deputies shot and killed Andrew Brown Jr. in April while executing an arrest warrant.
Witnessing what happened just minutes after this shooting in broad daylight is what makes the neighbor we spoke with so emotional.
“It’s shocking. Very shocking for this community. Senseless," he said.
13News Now also spoke with a family member of 18-year-old Jaquan White on Thursday evening.
“I just dropped to my knees, saying that he was just a boy," said his Andrea M, describing the moments after she learned Jaquan died.
“Sometimes, we could be quiet. Sometimes, we’d be loud. He was a really funny kid. There was never a dull moment when I used to watch him," she added.
Police did not share any information in regards to suspects, but asked anyone with information to call Elizabeth City Police at 252-335-4321 or the Crime Line at (252) 335-5555.