Police found a man shot to death in a street near N.C. Central University on Tuesday morning, less than 24 hours after a body was found in an east Durham pond and a man was found dead in a townhouse with no apparent cause.
“None of these incidents appear to be connected in any way,” Police Chief Jose L. Lopez said during a press conference Tuesday.
The man found Tuesday was at Rosewood and Dayton streets, and officers found him shortly after police got a call at 6:44 a.m., police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said.
Medics pronounced the man dead at the scene, which is an area of single-family homes a block east of the NCCU campus.
Monday afternoon, a group of volunteers working in a wildlife preserve for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day service project discovered a body wrapped in a rug or blanket and floating in a pond near Avondale Drive and East Club Boulevard.
Police said that case is considered a homicide, but have not announced a cause of death. Lopez said he expects to have an autopsy report from the state medical examiner’s office Wednesday.
Lopez said he also expects the autopsy report on a man found dead about 8:30 a.m. Monday in a townhouse in the 3000 block of Colony Road. That case is considered suspicious, but police did not say if they found any indication of foul play.
None of the names of the dead have been released.
Mayor Bill Bell and City Manager Tom Bonfield attended Lopez’s press conference Tuesday.
While the three deaths within 24 hours appear unrelated, Bonfield said, “It’s obviously very concerning, and we understand how people in the community would want to know what’s going on.”
Lopez also said that since the first of this year there have been “a concerning amount” of shootings at “persons, vehicles and homes” and asked for citizens with information to come forward.
Early 2014 also saw a rash of shootings into occupied houses and vehicles, which police connected with a feud between two factions of the Bloods gang.
The current shootings do not appear related to that feud, Lopez said.
“There’s nothing to indicate they’re all connected to each other,” he said. “We have new issues this year that are being addressed through violence and they shouldn’t be.”
Citizens’ information helped police reduce the number of shootings in 2014, and “We’re hopeful this year that occurs also,” Lopez said.
“The solution to stopping any crime is the collaborative effort between the community and the police department,” he said.
Bell echoed that sentiment.
“The fact we’ve asked for community support is important, because we’re all in this together,” he said.