Durham police investigating homicide after woman shot Sunday. Violent crime up 6.8%.

Durham police are investigating the death of a woman in east Durham as a homicide.

Nikki Bazemore, 32, was found unresponsive in the 3100 block of Hursey Street near the wood line at around 8:30 a.m. Sunday. She appeared to have been shot, according to a press release.

There were 27 homicides in Durham as of Sept. 7, according to the Police Department website. That was up from 19 last year at that time and 13 the year before that at that time.

Overall reported violent crime in the city — aggravated assault, robbery, rape and homicide — was up 6.8% as of Sept. 7, compared to last year at that time.

This is a developing news story. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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Ashad Hajela reports on public safety for The News & Observer and The Herald-Sun. He studied journalism at New York University.