ST. LOUIS—St. Louis police converged in full force on the College Hill neighborhood, hoping to stop an escalation of violence.
About 80 police officers saturated the neighborhood north of downtown St. Louis on Wednesday. They will be there until further notice.
Plans included a roll call in the streets, use of police dogs, even door-to-door pleas to residents for help in solving shootings that killed three people and left another badly wounded in recent weeks.
Residents and police believe the violence involves a neighborhood feud over a woman. They do not believe it is gang-related.
According to St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, the hot-spot technique was made possible by overtime funds and grant money.
“We’ve also got plain clothes detectives here in undercover capacity targeting specific individuals as well as a plan of attack on the neighborhood on multi levels,” said Dotson.
But in order for the initiative to be successful, police need help from the community.
“If we don’t know who the individuals are, if people aren’t willing to come forward and assist with prosecution, then we are at a handicap,” said Dotson.