- Associated Press - Thursday, March 22, 2018

HENDERSON, N.C. (AP) - Officials in a North Carolina town are appealing to the state for additional resources after six people were shot to death in less than two weeks.

Henderson Mayor Eddie Ellington told WRAL-TV on Wednesday he is asking for reinforcement and other aid after a man was killed Tuesday night.

“We were asking for reinforcement, task force and whatever we can to help our officers because we’re really short-staffed right now,” Ellington said. “We are 13 officers down, out of 59 and they got over 30,000 calls last year and it’s hard to be proactive when you’re receiving all of these calls. It really puts a strain.”

Henderson police say in a statement 23-year-old Darrion Richardson and another person were shot inside a car. Police say Richardson died at a hospital but did not identify the other person or provide information about their condition.

Police say three men died after being shot March 14. An unidentified 14-year-old and a 31-year-old man were also killed earlier this month.

There was another shooting on Wednesday. According to Ellington, an unidentified person was shot around 7:30 p.m. and walked to a post office. The mayor said a suspect was taken into custody.

“You know, we’re not going to tolerate this kind of behavior,” Ellington said.


Information from: WRAL-TV, http://www.wral.com

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