A spike in shootings in St. Louis since Saturday has resulted in at least 19 incidents of people being shot.
St. Louis Police said in an official statement the shootings are believed to be isolated incidents. One of the incidents involved a 14-year-old boy, which police said appeared to be accidental.
In her own statement, Mayor Lyda Krewson called gun violence a very serious public health crisis. Krewson is a victim of gun crime herself. In 1995, her husband was shot and killed during a carjacking in front of their Central West End home.
The recent spike in shootings is something Northside Alderman Jeffrey Boyd sees all too often.
"It pretty much spikes in the summer time, and that's unfortunate," Boyd said.
Alderman Boyd said the city needs a new plan to deal with violent crime.
"We have to get the root causes of the problem and poverty is one of them," Boyd said.
Boyd said Mayor Krewson needs time to transition and to put a crime-fighting plan in place. He added the gun-friendly state laws are not helping.
"(As a) matter of fact, across the country, where almost anybody over the age of 19 can carry a handgun or gun, is just ridiculous," Boyd said. He added it says when people are quick to pull the trigger, others have to carry a gun just to protect themselves.
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