ST. LOUIS—Residents of crime-ridden St. Louis neighborhoods and city leaders say they are fed up with the violence, including a particularly brutal Monday night when 17 people were injured in seven different shootings.
No one died from any of the shootings, but residents expressed their frustration with the frequent violence. Meanwhile, Mayor Francis Slay told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that too many people are using guns to settle petty feuds.
Investigators believe many of the victims and attackers were acquainted. Police pledge to intensify patrols.
University of Missouri-St. Louis criminologist Rick Rosenfeld, working under contract to help city police develop enforcement strategies, says aggravated assaults involving guns rose 20 percent in 2012. They were down 25 percent so far in 2013, but violence often increases as weather turns hot.