LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville has matched last year’s decades-high mark of 80 homicides, with four months left in the year.

In the latest killing, a man was shot just after 8 p.m. Friday inside his mobile home.

Louisville police this week stepped up their patrols in two downtown areas where there have been a string of gang-related shootings.

The rate of slayings puts the city on pace to top 100, a level of violence not seen in Louisville since at least the 1970s, The Courier-Journal reported (http://cjky.it/2cijxXX).

August accelerated the homicide tally’s growth, adding 17 deaths. Two were shot and killed at a 60th birthday party in the Parkland neighborhood on Aug. 9, and a 14-year-old was shot in the back of the head by a friend Aug. 24 during what police called a gang-related drive-by shooting. The next day, two young men were gunned down blocks away in the middle of the afternoon.

Many of the homicides have been attributed to skirmishes between rival gangs.

In an email obtained by the newspaper, a Louisville Metro Police Homicide supervisor recently cautioned officers to “Please be mindful of retaliatory shootings between these two groups. … Stay safe.”

The highest homicide count, according to police data from 1960 to the present, came in 1971 when 110 people were killed in the county.

Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad says the community needs to work together “to resolve these underlying issues that lead young people to become involved in criminal activity.”


Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com