A man who went out to get his newspaper from in front of his home on Fairway Drive in Greensboro on the morning of Aug. 30 discovered a body lying in his yard. After he spotted splattered blood on his wife’s car, he immediately called 911.
Greensboro Police responded to the frantic call at 6:45am, leading them to 2611 Fairway Drive of the Green Valley neighborhood. The victim was identified as 18-year-old Jaylin Dontrell Harris. He suffered at least one gunshot wound to his body which ultimately caused his death. The teenager’s death is the 25th homicide that the city of Greensboro has seen since 2019 began.
Ron Glenn, a spokesman for the Greensboro Police Department, reported that the emergency call from the homeowner came mere hours after two separate phone calls were placed by other residents around 12am when the initial shots rang out. Glenn also stated that officers showed up to the neighborhood and talked to concerned residents but did not find anything.
Harris’ death was the second homicide investigation that police have dealt with in the same week. In addition, it also moves the count up to three when tallying homicides that have taken place since August 23.
On the day before Harris’ death, Greensboro officers located the body of Shawndale Ray Austin. A 27-year-old who was gunned down in the 3200 block of O. Henry Boulevard. Five days earlier, on August 24, Christopher Babunga succumbed to his injuries at the scene of a shooting that took place on the 3900 block of Hahns Lane.
The chain of shootings halted Greensboro’s approach towards the second consecutive month without a fatal shooting.