NAACP reacts to deadly shooting, recent violence in Longview

LONGVIEW (KYTX) -- The NAACP is speaking out against recent violence in East Texas after someone shot 23-year old Deaundray Rossum in an apparent armed robbery. CBS 19's Abby Broyles takes us to the Gregg County Courthouse with new details in the investigation.

According to these police affidavits, one of the men who was in the car with Rossum told investigators the shooting happened as a result of a drug deal. And since then, another man who was in the car with Rossum has been arrested in a separate aggravated robbery. These crimes have the NAACP speaking out today, calling for a stop to the violence.

"People, we are tired of burying our young," Longview NAACP President Branden Johnson said.

NAACP leaders in Longview break their silence Monday about a growing number of crimes in the black community, including a shooting last week that left one man dead and 2 others injured.

"The murder of DeAundray Rossum on May 15, 2012 by assailants has shocked us. A little part of us died with him that day," Johnson said.

Rossum was found shot and killed in the driver's seat of a car last Tuesday night.

It happened at a small apartment complex on signal hill drive.

Police say 3 other people were in the car with Rossum.

In police affidavits obtained by CBS 19, one man in the car said Rossum drove them Shreveport before the shooting to buy crack cocaine. But they said the dealer didn't show up.

That's when they claim 22-year old Brendan Douglas told Rossum to drive to the apartments where two men allegedly opened fire, shooting Rossum and two others. Rossum was robbed and killed.

Just a couple days before the deadly shooting, police say Douglas robbed a man at gunpoint here at Jack-in-the-Box. It happened the night of May 13th on North Access Road near I-20. Investigators found fingerprints in the victim's car linking Douglas to the crime. Police arrested him for aggravated robbery.

"The summer has yet to begin and already murders and robberies have taken place," Johnson said.

Douglas was one of the two people who survived the shooting last week. He was taken to jail for the robbery after getting out of the hospital.

Police are still looking for the shooter who killed Rossum.

"This brutal cycle will not end until we arrest and bring to justice those responsible for violent acts," Johnson said.

As the shooting investigation continues, Douglas remains in the Gregg County Jail tonight for aggravated robbery. He's being held on bonds totaling more than $250,000.

Investigators tell us the third gunshot victim is home from the hospital tonight, but they're not releasing his name.

The NAACP and local clergy are planning prayer walks this summer in Longview in hopes of stopping the cycle of violence.


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