WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Police are investigating after a man was shot and killed in Winston-Salem on Sunday morning.
Jerry Chiffon Watkins Jr., 28, of Winston-Salem, was found lying in a yard behind 200 E. Clemmonsville Road, according to Winston-Salem police.
Watkins had a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene. He lived just around the corner.
Witnesses reported hearing shots fired at about 4:15 a.m. in the 3600 block of Cornell Boulevard. The family found the victim at about 6:50 a.m. and called police.
“You hear a lot of gunshots in this area, so you never know where it's coming from,” said Contessa Smith, who lives in the area. “We've had a few shootings on the street in the past couple months, so it was just normal.”
Police said the investigation is in the early stages. There is no word on a suspect or what led to the shooting.
“We do not believe that there is a threat to the general public,” said Lt. Eric Montgomery, with the Winston-Salem Police Department. “Right now, we believe this is probably an isolated incident. “
Smith says she plans to move. She is concerned for the safety of her six children.
“It seems like it's getting closer,” Smith said.
Smith wants a larger police presence in the area. She’d also like to see there be more opportunities for youth in the area; things to do that get them off the street.
“This could be a nice area,” Smith said.
Anyone with any information can call Winston-Salem police at (336) 773-7700 or CrimeStoppers at (336) 727-2800. En Español: (336) 728-3904.