Last month, the Durham Police Department announced an initiative to focus on the recent violent gun crimes.
There were 29 non-fatal shootings and seven fatal shootings in Durham from Dec. 13 to Jan. 6.
There were 18 non-fatal shootings and one fatal shooting from Jan. 7 through Jan. 31, a decrease of 47 percent. Homicides involving firearms dropped by 86 percent during the same period.
These eight people have been arrested as a result of this initiative:
1. Terence Deyon Foster, 33, was arrested Jan. 5 on charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, failure to appear on earlier charges and a parole violation. He was charged with shooting a man in the wrist during a Dec. 22 drive-by shooting on Sima Street. He was placed in Durham County Jail without bond on the parole violation and later transferred to Central Prison in Raleigh.
2. Andre Dewayne Johnson, 27, was arrested Jan. 6 after investigators obtained a search warrant for his home and recovered marijuana, cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Johnson was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, two counts of possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying and obstructing a government official. He was placed in Durham County Jail under a $500,000 bond. His bond was later reduced to $100,000 and he was released from jail.
3. Deshawn Bailey, 25, was arrested Jan. 6 for failure to appear on a traffic charge. He posted a $1,500 bond.
4. Messiah Gattis, 23, was arrested Jan. 7 after a standoff at an apartment on Junction Road. Gattis was wanted in connection with a Dec. 26 shooting in a shopping center parking lot in the 1400 block of Avondale Drive. No one was injured. Gattis is charged with injury to property, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, carrying a concealed weapon, going armed to the terror of the public, discharging a firearm from an enclosure, 10 counts of discharging a firearm within the city limits and resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer. He was released pending indictments.
5. Lamonte Colbert, 21, was arrested Jan. 8 on outstanding common-law robbery, communicating threats and larceny charges. He is charged with robbing a male of a phone and train ticket on December 19. He was placed in Durham County Jail under a $6,500 bond and remains in jail.
6. Michael Gill, 22, was arrested Jan. 8 on an outstanding probation/parole violation. The probation/parole violation involved a conviction for shooting a man in the arm during a drive-by shooting on Liberty Street in May 2013. He was placed in Durham County Jail under no bond and later transferred to the Polk Correctional Facility.
7. Najay Peace, 16, was arrested Jan. 14 after officers attempted to stop Peace and another male on Wadesboro Street. The two jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot. Durham police K9s were able to track Peace and the other male and officers placed them under arrest. Peace was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting, delaying and obstructing a government official. He posted a $7,500 bond and got out of jail. Peace was arrested again on January 15 and charged with felony larceny of a vehicle. He posted a $15,000 bond and is out of jail.
8. Keon Deloatch, 20, was arrested Jan. 20 and charged with murder in the January 4 shooting death of 37-year-old Latonya Denise Morris of Durham. Morris was shot as she was walking near the intersection of East Main Street and Elm Street. Deloatch was jailed without bail.