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Durham police solved 1 in 10 shootings in 2020

Posted January 14, 2021 2:07 p.m. EST
Updated January 14, 2021 2:45 p.m. EST

— Durham police cleared about 1 of every 10 shootings in 2020, a year in which gun violence spiked in the city.

Police released preliminary figures to WRAL News on Wednesday, showing that 103 of the 966 shootings reported in the city have been solved. In those cases, police have either arrested someone or “exceptionally cleared” the case, meaning they have identified the likely shooter but circumstances outside of their control have prevented the arrest or prosecution of that person.

About a third of shootings last year – 318 – resulted in a person being struck with a bullet. That’s up from 189 in 2019 and less than 250 in each of the prior three years. The 966 shootings in 2020 surpassed 652 reported in 2019.

Durham Police Department cleared 12 of 36 homicides reported in 2020. Another negligent homicide case hasn’t yet been cleared.

The data are as of Jan. 7. Police will complete a year-end audit verifying the figures later.

The city has acknowledged rising gun violence in the city and noted efforts to decrease it.

Recently, the department created a violent crime task force to investigate shootings and started using new technology to investigate gun crimes.

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