Rash of shootings over July 4 weekend has officials concerned

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 8 at 4:40 PM

(KMOV.com) – Residents told News 4 they very concerned about crime after 16 people were shot in St. Louis City during July 4 weekend.

During Independence Day weekend, police confirm 16 people were shot and three were killed. 21st Ward Alderman Antonio French told News 4 he believes having a large number of officers dedicated to Fair St. Louis’ security gave criminals an opportunity.

“We have a finite amount of resources so whenever resources are moved from one area to another area, that’s less that could have been there policing the area,” French said.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson told News 4 the department does not publicize how many officers are assigned to a particular area. St. Louis was not the only city to suffer from Independence Day violence, 60 people were shot in Chicago, and 14 were killed.

Statistics show crime is down 11 percent in St. Louis in 2014, along with gun violence, which has declined by 18 percent. Despite the drop-off, homicides have increased by 18 percent.

James Clark with Better Family Life told News 4 the issue goes beyond police and the strategies they use to combat crime.

“The police department cannot deal with this issue of crime and violence. This is a family issue and this is a neighborhood issue,” Clark said.

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