FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - It's only September and we've already matched last year's homicide total of 30 for Allen County. 29 of those have been in the city limits. A number some people may find surprising. NewsChannel 15 wanted to see how the rates of homicides and shootings have changed over the years.
NewsChannel 15's Megan Reust dug deeper and uncovered a few interesting trends. Although some feel like 2013 has proven to be a violent year so far, you might be surprised to learn we've only had three more shootings right now than we did at this time last year. Take a look:
January - August 2010: 42 non-fatal shootings within Fort Wayne city limits
January - August 2011: 40
January - August 2012: 62
January - August 2013: 65
NewsChannel 15 wanted to know where these shootings are happening. According to the Fort Wayne Police Department:
- 56 of the 65 shootings have been in the southeast quadrant of the city
- six southwest
- two northwest
- one northeast
That means 86 percent of the shootings have been on the city's southeast side.
Looking back further, the numbers of shootings and homicides have varied since 1996. Again, all of this information from the Fort Wayne Police Department. In 1996, there were 96 shootings total and 36 homicides. Both declined until about 2007.
Shootings, the blue line on the graph, have been on the rise since.
NewsChannel 15 spoke with Chief Rusty York about this disturbing trend. As well as the high concentration of shootings on the southeast side.
"Shootings are on the uptick. Not only in Fort Wayne but nationwide. I think what we are seeing southeast is the result of gangs and guns and to a degree drugs. We are very focused on identifying people involved in violent crime and getting them off the street. It's a job. We are seeing more and more young people getting involved in gangs and possession of firearms," Fort Wayne Police Department Chief of Police Rusty York explained.
Chief York said there's no telling how many more shootings or homicides we'll see this year. He did tell NewsChannel 15 his detectives have solved more homicides so far this year than in recent years.
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