The City of Greensboro passed a grim milestone on Saturday, Dec. 12.
With what has become an all too standard press release, the Greensboro Police Department (GPD) announced the 60th homicide of 2020.
The press release from GPD Public Information Officer Ron Glenn states: “UPDATE: One of the victims in this incident has succumbed to her injuries and this case is now being investigated as a homicide. The deceased victim has been identified as Christina Marie Jones, 18 years old, of Greensboro. The second victim had injuries not considered to be life threatening. The investigation is ongoing.”
The earlier report had listed the event as an “Aggravated Assault” and states, “(December 12, 2020) At approximately 3:32 p.m. Greensboro Police responded to the intersection of South Street and Ogden Street in reference to a discharge of a firearm call. Upon arrival police located two victims suffering from a gunshot wound. Both victims were transported to a local hospital.”
When Greensboro Police Chief Brian James gave his report on violent crime to the City Council at a work session on Dec. 7, he reported that there had been 57 homicides in Greensboro in 2020 compared to 45 homicides in 2019 and 40 in 2018. He also reported that the number of assaults with firearms in Greensboro had increased by 17 percent in 2020 over 2019.
James had held a press conference on Nov. 30 to talk about the rise in violent crime and the 56 homicides so far in 2020.
On July 7, James held a press conference to ask for the community’s help after there had been seven homicides in seven days. At that time there had been 29 homicides in Greensboro for the year and James said that at the current rate Greensboro would set a new record for homicides in 2020.
That new record was set with the 46th homicide this year and with over two weeks left in the year the new record will be a very grim one.