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Security guard fatally shot in north St. Louis identified

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – A security guard died after he was shot in the face Friday night. It happened on the 4100 block of Newstead and no one is in custody.

Police later identified the victim as 23-year-old Jaron Singleton. Authorities said he was kept on life support for many days so his organs could be harvested.

By News 4's count it marks the 32nd shooting just this month. Alderman Antonio French says the current violence in the city is reaching the level of a crisis.

“I think the violence were seeing all over our city is alarming, it really is a crisis,” said Alderman French.

Friday's shooting of Singleton is the latest in violent crime in French's ward. Earlier this week, there was a double shooting on the 4300 block of Penrose.

“I think we need to prioritize the violence and align resources accordingly,” said French.

French says the Public Safety Committee will soon be meeting more frequently with Chief Sam Dotson and Mayor Francis Slay to discuss the growing concern over violence.

“First I want to hear an acknowledgment that we have a problem,” he said.

But Chief Dotson says the problem with increasing crime is not just happening in St. Louis. It's happening all across the country.

“Every day I am trying to find ways to push those numbers down to keep people safer, crisis? I don't know. Is it important to the city? Absolutely,” said Chief Dotson.

Dotson mentioned several of the recent initiatives, including the brand new “real time crime center,” the creation of the Office of Community Engagement and Organizational Development and hot spot policing efforts.

But French says hot spot policing isn't working and says they have seen problems with the recent redistricting. Now he says something needs to change on the streets or it needs to change on an administrative level.

“We need a realignment of resources and we hope he takes our advice but if he doesn't than we might need new leadership,” said French.

While Chief Dotson has acknowledged that they will be making minor changes to the district boundaries, overall their current strategies are working.

“While police and law enforcement are the face of it, and I'm not making excuses, we are out there every day and I think it's a little bit of an insult to the men and woman of the police department that they're not out there doing their jobs, because every one of them gives their all every day,” said Dotson.

Dotson says what will make a difference is more officers on the street. He has requested an additional 160 officers for the department.

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