FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Violent crime is on the rise in Fort Wayne, and nowhere is it more evident than in the number of homicides the city and Allen County have seen this year -- 33-killings, and it's only the first part of October.
Police Chief Rusty York says he's "disturbed" at the numbers, and also admits there's no quick solution.
33 people in Allen County have been killed by someone else this year, 31 of them within the city limits.
But there are exceptions to which of those cases are sent to the FBI for the Uniform Crime Report.
One death in the city was a justified self-defense, and four were police action shootings.
So the city's official homicide tally, according to national standards, is 26.
Last year's total was 22, with 18 the year before that.
And Chief York says a small number of people are responsible for the majority of the shootings.
“When we have a shooting overnight and I come in the next morning to be debriefed, quite frankly, it's a name we've heard many times before. And, you know, people might ask 'well, why aren't they in jail?' And we do our best to do that, but again, I mean, if you have no witnesses coming forward, it's a challenge,” York says.
Chief York did say that the community had been more cooperative earlier this year than in years past, but that the cooperation from witnesses lately has not been as strong.
He insists that most homicides are gang and drug-related. Activities that the vast majority of residents are not involved in.
Also, he says one homicide victim was probably the perpetrator in two other homicides, which would solve those two cases if detectives get enough information.
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