Woman hit, killed by celebratory gunfire in Durham, North Carolina; 5 hurt in 4 other shootings

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DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A woman has died after being hit by celebratory gunfire on New Year’s Eve, according to police in Durham, North Carolina.

The woman was rushed to a local hospital just before 11 p.m. after officers responding to a shooting call found her unconscious in a driveway in the 1500 block of Robinhood Road, officers said in an email.

It was one of five shooting incidents reported overnight in the city that injured five other people, police said.

“Officers immediately began performing life-saving measures and Durham County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) quickly transported the female to a local hospital where it was later determined she had in fact been shot,” police said.

Police are continuing to investigate and no additional details, including the woman’s name, have been released.

Shortly after 7 p.m. Friday, Durham police responded to the 2700 block of Independence Ave. and found a man suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. After a preliminary investigation, officers determined it was accidental. The man has not been identified.

Then, at 12:56 a.m. Saturday, officers responded to the 1800 block of Cheek Road and found a woman with a non-life-threatening injury. She apparently was grazed by a bullet. However, police have not finalized that determination, according to an email from Durham police Saturday morning.

Two other shootings injured three other people. One of them happened just after midnight in the 2900 block of Carolyn Drive. Police said a man was grazed by a bullet.

The second shooting happened about 10:15 p.m. in the 1100 block of Fiske Street. Police said two teenage males were shot and showed up at a local hospital after being shot. One of them, a 17-year-old, was seriously injured, while the other, a 16-year-old, appeared to suffer non-life-threatening injuries, police said in an email.

Police have not said if the shootings are connected at this time.

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