Hertford mayor imposes curfew in northeastern N.C. town following three shootings in as many days

The mayor of Hertford has declared an aggressive curfew to keep people off the streets following three shootings this week in which one person died and two others were wounded.

The curfew lasts from 4 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. for youths under 18 and goes from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. for adults, according to a post of a proclamation on the town’s Facebook page. It is set to expire Sept. 22.

“Hertford is experiencing an abundant number of recent shootings in our communities,” said Mayor Ernell Brown in a Facebook post. “This is very serious, and we offer our condolences and prayers to the victims and their families.”

Some exceptions to the curfew would include work schedule or doctor’s appointments, among other things.

The drive-by shootings were likely done by people from out of town, she said. Police are investigating.

She based her decision to impose a curfew in part on the shooting death of 9-year-old girl in Edenton in July and a 1-year-old shot in Portsmouth Sunday. Both are also unsolved drive-by shootings.

“I believe this is the correct action to take to protect Hertford citizens,” Brown wrote.

Founded in 1758, Hertford is a town of about 2,000 people located on the Perquimans River about 50 miles south of Chesapeake just off U.S. 17.

Jeff Hampton, 252-491-5272, jeff.hampton@pilotonline.com

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