73-year-old woman killed by celebratory gunfire on New Year’s Eve in Durham, police say


DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Durham police said a 73-year-old woman was killed by celebratory gunfire on New Year’s Eve.

Officers were called to a home in the 1500 block of Robinhood Road around 10:50 p.m. in reference to a cardiac arrest, police said.

Deloris Evans Burwell

Responding officers found Deloris Evans Burwell of Durham lying in the driveway. She was unconscious when officers arrived.

Police said police began life-saving measures before she was taken to the hospital by EMS.

It was at the hospital that they learned she had been shot.

Burwell died from her injury, police said.

In a release, Durham police said Burwell’s death was likely related to celebratory gunfire.

No arrests have been made and the investigation into the shooting remains under investigation.

In 2020, a 74-year-old woman was killed in Durham by celebratory gunfire on July 4.

Paulette Thorpe was fatally struck in the chest by a bullet while celebrating the holiday with family on Burlington Avenue.

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