ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Homicides are up more than 25 percent in St. Louis this year, and the city is already poised to surpass the total number of killings for all of 2013.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1uKuMcy ) four more deaths will put the number of slayings above last year's total of 120 homicides. From Jan. 1 of this year through Wednesday, 117 people have been killed in St. Louis. Ninety-one homicides were reported in about the same time frame last year.
A University of Missouri-St. Louis criminologist says it's unclear why there's been a rise in slayings, since an increase in homicide numbers usually coincides with an uptick in gun crimes and robberies. Those two categories have been down for much of the year.
But St. Louis' police chief Sam Dotson says overall crime is now increasing.