(KMOV) -- St. Louis police have made 27 arrests while focusing on the College Hill neighborhood in hopes of stopping an escalation of violence.
About 80 police officers saturated the neighborhood north of downtown St. Louis on Wednesday.
According to police, the arrests included four parole or probation violations, nine violations of controlled substances, two DWIs, four unlawful use of a weapon, two first-degree assaults, stealing, first-degree tampering, second-degree robbery and three bench warrants.
Since sweeps began Wednesdays, officers have performed roll calls in the streets, used police dogs and have gone door-to-door to plead 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.