St. Louis on track for high 2016 homicide rate

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - The city homicide rate climbed again Friday morning when a man in north city was shot and killed in broad daylight. A police captain on the scene said cops need help in solving crimes and getting guns off the streets.

Homicide detectives said it was 48th murder this year in St. Louis City. St. Louis is on the same pace as last year when there were 49 homicides by this date.

“We believe the two individuals knew each other they had an argument earlier in the day.” said Police Captain Mary Warneke.

The shooting happened in the 1400 block of Newhouse in north city just after 11am which is a little unusual. City crime statistics show 57% of homicides and violence happen between 7pm and 3am.

“We have a problem with gun violence we have too many guns on our streets we have a problem with our guns laws.” said Police Captain Mary Warneke.

Statistics indicate more than 8,500 illegally owned firearms were removed from the streets by officers in the last six years. Neighbors say although the sound of gunshots in this neighborhood is common, but someone getting killed let alone shot is unusual.

“It’s really bad over here I don’t feel safe I don’t even go outside it’s horrible over here.” said resident Dasia Farris.

Farris indicated detectives may know who is responsible in the latest killing.