HERTFORD, N.C. - After a number of drive-by shootings left people injured, the mayor of Hertford, North Carolina, announced a curfew will be in place for the town's citizens.
Mayor Earnell Brown announced Tuesday, September 15 that from September 15-22, children under the age of 18 are to be off the streets from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m., while adults 18 and older are to be off the streets from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.
On September 22, the day the curfew was originally scheduled to end, town officials announced that the curfew has been extended until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, September 24 "just to be safe."
The exceptions are for scheduled doctor appointments and employment. Visits to the store, gas stations and to pick-up prescriptions should be done during non-curfew hours.
Brown said in the last 72 hours, three Hertford citizens have been shot: One in Winfall and two on King Street. One person died from his injuries, one is in stable, but critical condition and the third is in critical condition.
The mayor said all the shootings were drive-bys. While officials presume that the shooters were not Hertford residents, after the death of a 9-year-old girl in Edenton and the shooting of a 1-year old in Portsmouth over the weekend, Brown says she believes "this is the correct action to take to protect Hertford citizens."
Brown said she is also meeting with the Hertford Police Department and the Hertford Housing Authority to develop proactive strategies to keep people in the town safe.