Chancellor pleads for more help from Durham after 2 men shot to death at NC Central

Two days after two men were shot to death on a campus parking lot, the chancellor of N.C. Central University said Monday he is pleading for more resources to fight violence in and around the Durham campus.

Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye said the university has spent $3 million on campus security, including installing 90 360-degree cameras.

“However what we cannot control are crimes on the streets of Durham and around the perimeter of the campus,” he said. “We are a public institution and an open campus. We cannot close our campus with iron fences and gates.”

“We are pleading with our city, our county and state officials to commit to devoting more resources to combating the [crime] issues in Durham so that the lives of those on our campus and the neighborhoods around us and the larger Durham community can be protected,” he said.

The news conference came just two days after two men were shot in the parking lot next to the Latham Parking Deck on East Lawson Street.

Both men died at the hospital, police said.

NCCU officials said Sunday that no one involved was part of the university community, and police said Monday the killings were not a random act.

The shooting happened during a home football game against Winston-Salem State, and locked down the nearby O’Kelly Riddick Stadium.

In the hours after the shooting, Durham and campus police escorted those in the stadium to their cars.

At Monday’s news conference, Akinleye said the university asked the city to install gunshot surveillance technology. The company Shotspotter had offered the city a free trial, which the City Council rejected.

The chancellor said the city also could devote more patrols to the area.

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