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Durham police increase patrols after 11 hurt in 4 shootings

Posted August 24, 2015 5:09 p.m. EDT
Updated August 24, 2015 6:25 p.m. EDT

— Durham police said Monday they are increasing patrols after 11 people were hurt in four shooting incidents over four days.

Three people were seriously injured and eight others suffered non-life threatening injuries during the shootings, which police said did not appear to be random. They are asking anyone with information to come forward.

The first incident happened at 10:27 p.m. Friday in the 2400 block of Hinson Drive. Police said shots were fired at a large group of people holding a cookout. Eight people, ranging in age from 19 to 36, were shot. Two remained hospitalized Monday.

The second shooting was at 7:30 pm. Sunday in the 400 block of Canal Street. Police said a 21-year-old man was shot in the back and taken to a hospital. He was expected to recover.

Then at 2:05 a.m. Monday, officers responded to a shooting call at a home in the 900 block of Scout Drive and found a 48-year-old woman who had been shot. She was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. Officers were told someone knocked on the woman’s door and opened fire when she answered the door.

About a half-hour later, officers responded to a shooting on Ashe Street and found a 20-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the leg. He told police he was sitting in the passenger seat of a parked car when two men walked up to the passenger window and pointed a gun.

"We’re trying to get to the bottom of it,” Durham police spokesman Wil Glenn said. “We’ve heightened police presence and are doing neighborhood canvassing.”

Signs of the Friday night shooting remain all over Lyda Garrett's house on Hinson Drive. There’s a shattered window, a bullet hole in a wall and a big oak tree missing bark.

Garrett said her 24-year-old grandson was shot in the neck during the incident, and her 6-year-old great grandson would have been shot if he had been sitting on the living room couch.

Glenn said it's too early to say whether the shootings were gang-related.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.