RICHMOND, Va. — Authorities in Richmond are reporting an increase in the number of women killed in the city this year.

According to The Richmond Times-Dispatch , more women have been killed so far in 2017 than in any year since 2007, when the newspaper began tracking homicide data. But top law enforcement officials say the spike in female victims extends even further back.

Deputy commonwealth’s attorney Learned Barry says more women are becoming “collateral damage” in drive-by shootings, drug robberies and fights that end with guns.

Fifteen women have been slain so far this year. Police have classified two as death investigations and the remaining 13 as homicides.

The newspaper reports that total is more than double the annual average of 7.2 women killed since 2007.

Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,

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