(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.