Cincinnati Police see 47-percent increase in homicides

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Police have seen a 47-percent increase in homicides so far this year compared to the same time period last year.

To date, there have been 28 homicides in Cincinnati, police say 10 of those have been solved.

"There were times in the history of the police department where you had some pockets that had a lot of activity," said Lt. Col. David Bailey with the Cincinnati Police Department. "But now as we're looking at it you're seeing it scattered throughout the city."

There's also been 143 non-fatal shootings this year.

Two weeks ago in East Price Hill there was a fatal shooting. Residents in that area say they hear gunshots on a regular basis.

"I hear gun shots in my room a lot," said Kyle Capano who lives in East Price Hill.

"I think a lot of it is just over petty stuff that is really not worth taking someone's life over," said Tim McDonald, another East Price Hill resident.

This year police have solved 36-percent of the homicides in the city, but police say more could be solved with the communities' help.

"If someone would come forward these crimes would be solved today," said Lt. Col. Bailey. "It's aggravating that we can't get that done."

Tips can be made anonymously through CrimeStoppers at (513) 352-3040.

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