DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – On Monday, Durham’s city leaders discussed ways to combat gun violence in the city.

Durham mayor Steve Schewel, council members and police chief Cerlelyn Davis recently met to discuss having ShotSpotter in Durham. The device tracks the location of gunshots.  

Councilman Mark-Anthony Middleton told CBS 17 the sound of gunshots makes families in Durham hide for their safety.  

“Young people should not be having that conversation about getting in the bathtub when gunfire breaks out,” said Middleton. “If they are having it, for me as a government official, that’s a cue that we need to be putting all of our brain power, all of our intellect, (and) all of our creativity into addressing this issue.” 

Durham police are considering ShotSpotter. It’s a series of microphones designed to detect the sound of a gunshot and pinpoint its location within 25 meters.   

Police are then alerted of the location almost instantly.  

Middleton just wants something done to reduce gun violence.  

“I’m not pushing this as the solution or even a solution, but what I am pushing, however, is a conversation,” he said.  

Conversations are happening.  

ShotSpotter has helped reduce gun violence by 40 percent in one Chicago neighborhood.  

While the results are there, people still have concerns. That is why Middleton is pushing for more discussion.  

He’s hoping it will lead to something that helps Durham reduce gun violence.  

“Durham is not sequestered from the rest of the country,” he said. “We have a gun culture in America. It’s not just about what’s going on now. It’s about having things in place because of our growth.”