Police canvass neighborhood a week after daytime killing

Officers stand at the intersection near where Damean 'Deebo' Seymour was shot and killed around 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 28. - Photo: Charles Duncan

Police officers on Monday gathered at the corner of Martin Drive and Tigris Street one week to the hour from when an unknown assailant shot and killed Damean “Deebo” Seymour.

Police are investigating the daytime killing for possible gang connections and, according to officers, hoped to find new witnesses during the ritual one-week walk-through.
Mr. Seymour, 34, died at the scene after being shot around 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 28.

Detective Inspector Collins Oremule, senior investigator on the case, said officers were going house to house midday Monday. “We are looking for witnesses,” he said, hoping to find people police officers had not yet spoken with or get new information from people in the neighborhood.

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Several uniformed and plainclothes officers joined the senior inspector for the canvass.

“The majority of the people here don’t want to talk to officers,” he said.

A small crowd had gathered on the corner, a block off Shedden Road, likely wondering what reporters were doing at the still-visible scene of the slaying. When police began to appear, most of the bystanders dispersed.

Speaking to reporters at the scene Monday, police public relations officer Jacqueline Carpenter said, “People sometimes see something and they didn’t realize.”

She said officers were also leaving pamphlets with neighbors and people passing through the area at the time of Mr. Seymour’s death in hopes that someone may want to leave an anonymous tip.

“It shows our continued attention to the issue,” she added.

She said police are investigating several angles, but “Clearly, there are gang-related aspects to this.”

Mr. Seymour died less than 100 feet from where Jason Powery was shot at close range and killed in the early hours of July 2015. A jury this year convicted brothers Osbourne Wilfred Douglas and Justin D’Angelo Ramoon in that murder.

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