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Officers with the Winston-Salem Police Department investigate a homicide in the 1200 block of Northeast 20th Street on Thursday.

Police found a woman shot to death in a Winston-Salem road Thursday morning. Investigators went to N.E. 20th Street around 6:30 a.m. after a person driving to work saw the body, investigators said.

Winston-Salem police have identified the woman as Jericka Nasgah McGee, 21, of the 4400 block of Whittier Road. Officers found McGee's body lying in the 1200 block of N.E. 20th. She had been shot several times. 

Detectives canvassed the neighborhood, and multiple residents reported hearing gunshots last night and this morning. Winston-Salem police officer Lt. Gregory Dorn asked anyone who heard gunshots to report them.

"Call us, and we'll send a detective to your house," he said.

McGee's death marks the city's fourth homicide since Saturday, and no arrests have been made in the other three. There have been 10 homicides in the city this year, compared to eight through the same time period in 2019.

Dorn said the police department has leads in all four cases and is making progress. The Winston-Salem Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division has eight homicide detectives. 

When asked about the recent spate of violence, Dorn said it's hard to predict what causes fluctuations or sudden spikes.

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