LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville boasts many positives to recruit newcomers and grow faster than our peer cities. But one glaring negative looms. Shootings and murders do not equate to enhancing the attractiveness of a city.
Last year, there were more than a hundred more shootings in Louisville than the year before, topping out at 348. The homicide rate in Louisville last year was the highest in 36 years. An overwhelming majority of the 79 homicides last year were caused by bullets. Clearly, we need to see a reversal this year.
Being proactive in stopping this negative trend is key, particularly with the retaliatory shootings.
Louisville's mayor and police chief strategically deployed a third more detectives this month to help reduce the number of homicides that plagued the city last year. This is certainly a key step to make meaningful progress.