Greensboro police captain releases city’s homicide statistics, gangs and drugs involved in most cases

Greensboro police captain releases city’s homicide statistics, gangs and drugs involved in most cases

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Gangs and drugs have led to most of the homicides in Greensboro over the past two years, according to police.

Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division Capt. Nathaniel Davis gave FOX8 these numbers.

In 2016, police investigated 39 homicides in the city. Two of them were ruled to be in self-defense, and one was linked to domestic violence.

Police classified nine of those homicides as gang-related or gang-involved. Another 11 homicides are linked to drug activity and Capt. Davis said that number is probably higher.

Not all of the 39 homicides can be classified. In some cases, there isn’t enough evidence yet. Some homicides don’t fit into those categories, like if a dispute escalates out of control and ends in a homicide.

Of those 39 homicides in 2016, only five of them are believed to be random.

The pattern looked similar in 2017. Out of 42 total homicides, one was ruled to be in self-defense.

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