New WRAL Documentary “Durham Under Fire” Debuts June 29th

WRAL Documentary - Durham Under Fire

New WRAL Documentary investigates how Durham is fighting the complex issue of gun violence

In a city where big tech companies are flocking and home prices are rising, gun violence continues to plague Durham, North Carolina. In 2021, the city recorded its deadliest year yet. Gun violence is at an all-time high, and it shows no signs of slowing down.
The latest WRAL Documentary, Durham Under Fire, investigates how local officials are tackling the issue of gun violence in their city. The new documentary debuts on WRAL-TV on Wednesday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m..
WRAL’s Documentary Team was given exclusive access to the Durham Police Department to see first-hand how officers are fighting the rampant and complex problem. They spent time with families decimated by gun violence, talked to advocates trying to tackle the root causes of this issue and pushed city leaders for answers.

The statistics speak for themselves. A total of 50 lives were lost last year, the highest number of homicides since at least 1995. More than 1,100 shootings have happened over the last year and half in the city, meaning more than two people are shot each day on average. In 2022, 24 people have already been shot and killed. 

“Gun violence and what it’s doing to the community is a topic that deserves our time and attention,” said WRAL’s Investigative Documentary Reporter, Cristin Severance. “Innocent people are getting shot shopping at the mall and driving down the street in Durham. We wanted to explore what’s behind the increase in violence and hold leaders accountable for what’s happening night after night in the Bull City.”

Durham Under Fire will take a deeper look into the issues affecting Durham, why so many people are shooting each other in the city and what’s being done to stop it.

When and How to Watch the Documentary


  • Premieres on WRAL-TV on Wednesday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Rebroadcast on WRAZ FOX50 on Saturday, July 2 at 1 p.m.
  • Rebroadcast on WILM-TV in Wilmington on Sunday, July 3 at 6 p.m.

Available for on-demand viewing on, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TV and YouTube beginning Wednesday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Social Media
Follow Durham Under Fire on social media using #wraldoc.

Thanks to WRAL-TV’s Catherine Fitzhenry for this Capcom story & graphic.

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