The Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed 300 murders in 2020, more than they’ve seen in the last decade.
The city has touched the 300 mark for the first time in a decade, police department officials reported on Sunday.
The menacing milestone comes as the city, like many others nationwide, continues to slog with the Covid-19 pandemic and all the social and economic fallout.
The figure is a hike from the 257 homicides reported in 2019, LAPD told CNN.
Violent crime rises during the pandemic as confidence in police take a toll.
The latest casualty this year, the shooting of a 17-year-old boy who was riding a motorcycle near his house, struck the deputy chief particularly hard.
“I am HEARTBROKEN!!” Deputy Chief Emada E. Tingirides said on Twitter. “It’s has been a tragic weekend in Los Angeles to include the murder of a 17-year-old riding his motorcycle close to his home.”
“A Weekend like this creates Lasting Trauma in Communities. Praying for South Los Angeles,” Tingirides added.
Other cities across the US have also witnessed a rise in homicides and shooting incidents over the last year.
Louisville, Kentucky, reached a record 121 murders in September. The number of homicides is the maximum the city has ever witnessed, according to statistics from the Louisville Metro Police Department.
LMPD Lt. Donny Burbink told CNN in September that the record number of murders had jeopardized the homicide unit’s ability to probe each incident, with arrests made in only 37 of those homicides till now.
NYC gun arrests increase by 102%, shooting incidents by 121% compared to October of last year, NYPD says.
Shooting incidents in New York City have also increased this year, with more than a 100% increase in 2020 from 2019, data from the New York City Police Department reveals.
NYPD data shows that there have been 1,667 shootings with victims in 2020 compared to 828 last year. There were also 1,359 shooting incidents reported this year compared to 698 reported in 2019, according to the statistics shared by the department.
Murder is also up in NYC this year by 37%, with 405 murders reported in 2020 while 2019 witnessed 295 murders, the stats reveal.
In Minneapolis, rise in crimes, such as robbery, increased by more than 50% since last year.
The shortage among staff-members meant more than 6,000 “priority one” 911 calls, which include sexual assault, shootings and robberies, were made during the period of a year for which police wasn’t equipped enough to immediately respond, Minneapolis Police spokesman John Elder said in an email to CNN in September.