ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – More than 100 people have been murdered in the city of St. Louis since the start of 2014. That marks a 30 percent increase in the most violent crimes from the same time last year.
According to the new crime report just released by St. Louis City Police, overall crime is down 10 percent. However, in just the month of September, there were 16 homicides. Nine people were murdered in September 2013.
The beginning of the month proved particularly deadly: beginning around 3:00 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 4, six people were murdered in 18 hours.
Two and a half weeks after that deadly stretch, Chief Sam Dotson and Mayor Francis Slay spoke to the public about the violence. The St. Louis power duo called for tougher mandatory sentences for convicted gun offenders.
“We’ve seen far too often criminals get off in the system and aren’t held accountable or we don’t get outcomes that keep the community safe,” Chief Dotson said.
Other notable changes in year-to-date crime includes a 16 percent drop in rape, a 15 percent decrease in larceny and a 12 percent drop in total property crime.
Click here to view the complete crime report released by police.