State leaders speak out on National Gun Violence Awareness Day
Police have identified a man found fatally shot in a car in north Durham on Monday evening as Tyriq Cook, 25, of Durham.
Police responded to a shooting call in the 400 block of Craven Street, near Usher Street, about 5:20 p.m. The car was found in a ditch, and the man was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a news release.
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Durham leaders have called for an end for gun violence as violent crime has risen 17 percent this year, The News & Observer has reported.
Monday’s homicide brings Durham’s total homicides this year to 22, according to data on the Durham Police Department’s website.
Police Chief C.J. Davis said last month that the department is increasing its community outreach and enforcement to combat the crime, which saw a decline in 2018 before rising this year, according to The N&O.
This year, as of May 2019, there have been 275 shooting incidents, according to the Police Department’s Crime Analysis Unit, The N&O reported. That’s compared to a total of 729 shooting incidents in 2017 and 619 in 2018.