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Residents on Lufkin street say crime has to stop

Brianna Shaw, 23, and Artha Griffin, 64, were found shot dead on the 300 block of Davis Street Sunday morning. Brianna Shaw, 23, and Artha Griffin, 64, were found shot dead on the 300 block of Davis Street Sunday morning.

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – There are still no suspects in the Davis Street double-homicide. Police records indicate the shooting deaths are among a list of crimes that have happened on that street. Neighbors say if something doesn't happen soon, violence will continue to find a home on Davis Street.

"I thought it was a train and I just turned over and went back to sleep," said Dorothy Davis, who lives in the neighborhood.

For Davis, what sounded like a passing train turned-out to be the gunshots that killed Brianna Shaw, 23, and Artha Griffin, 64. Others on Davis Street heard the shots too, but thought nothing of it.

"Around 3 a.m. [Sunday] I heard the shots," said Mario, who lives on Davis Street.

"I really don't feel comfortable even coming over that way now," said Lester Phillips.

Phillips has good reason. Police have been to the house on the 300 block of Davis Street before.

According to police records dating back to 2008, ten calls to 9-1-1 were placed from inside the home. Calls including disturbances, drug activity and criminal mischief. Down the street, police say shooting victim Artha Griffin was also involved in a 2009 stabbing.

"Right now, I feel you know, every body's kind of shook up that's staying in this neighborhood right here," said Phillips.

The neighborhood Phillips says he once felt safe in. He's lived here for 20 years.

"I used to walk my dog through here all the time," he said.

Now, passing by this house brings back too many bad memories.

"I feel like that house shouldn't even be rented no more," said Phillips. "I feel like it should be closed down. It's been a lot happen in that house."

Neighbors want to take back the Davis Street they remember, but they're not sure where to begin.

"You can't stop it," said Davis. "I said you can't stop it. You can stop it one place like this and then another place, they're going to go over to another place start it again."

"It would be a good thing if they can stop it, but right now I don't see them having a way to do that," said Phillips.

Until that time comes, residents say it's likely violence will continue to find a home on Davis Street.

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