Police focus on St. Louis neighborhood after outbreak of fatal shootings

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 6:51 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 7 at 11:01 PM

(KMOV) – A new round of hot-spot policing on Wednesday began in the north St. Louis neighborhood of Wells-Goodfellow, which has seen eight homicides since 2014 began. 

The primary boundaries of the most violent part of the neighborhood are Belt, St. Louis, MLK and Hodiamont.

The hot-spot policing comes just two days after a double shooting on Burd Ave. left 20-year-old Demetrius Griffin dead and his brother in the hospital.

That was just one of several fatal shootings in the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood in the past month.

On April 2, a man walked up to car on Belt Ave. and started firing, killing another man and his girlfriend who were sitting inside.

A fight on Terry Ave. 16 days later turned into a shooting and ended up with an 18-year-old dead.

Then four days later, a 16-year-old was gunned down and killed in a shooting on Clara Ave.

"This neighborhood has seen a lot of violence," St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson told officers during roll call Wednesday morning. "It’s seen a lot of shootings. It’s seen a lot of retaliatory shootings and it’s seen its fair share of homicides. So as you’re going about it I want you to be safe."

Since Jan. 1, eight people have been killed in the neighborhood, where total crime is up about 11 percent.

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