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Metro police equal 2021 pace with 30 murder cases so far this year

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — (*30*) 30 homicides on the books three months into the year, Metro police have had the identical variety of murder cases this year as they did on the identical time final year — when the year ended with 152 murders.

Statistics by means of April 1 present there have been six homicides every within the Downtown Area Command, the Northwest Area Command and the South Central Area Command — 18 of the 30 whole murder cases.

Last year, the pace of killings solely elevated, ultimately hitting 152, the very best quantity the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has seen over the previous 5 years.

Homicides involving home violence have dropped barely so far this year — six — in comparison with final year at this time — seven — a 14% decline. Another important trigger behind homicides this year is “perceived disrespect,” factoring into six of the 30 homicides.

Five homicides at this time final year have been categorized as overdose deaths. So far, there have been none this year.

Metro experiences that 24 of the murder cases have been shootings, by far the most typical technique. And 20% of homicides so far this year have been gang-related, statistics present.

In 2018, the variety of cases soared within the first a part of the year with 67 within the first six months of the year, solely to drop off within the final half of the year. But final year, 64 homicides by the tip of June accelerated, with 88 extra within the final half of the year.

(*30*) 20 murder cases in Metro’s jurisdiction, August of 2021 had the very best variety of homicides of any month for the reason that begin of 2018.

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