Peoria has seen 13 homicides so far this year.
The latest was Sunday night, a shooting in the 900 block of West Nebraska that claimed the life of 20-year-old Terence Stone.
Peoria Interim Police Chief Loren Marion says Stone’s death does not appear to be random, and not related to any other of the city’s most recent shootings.
Marion also tells WMBD’s Greg and Dan a majority of Peoria’s recent shootings appeared to be targeted and not in retaliation.
“And, not gang-related. There were two of them (shootings) that might have had some gang involvement, but they do not appear to have been retalitory,” Marion said.
It may seem like there has been an uptick in shootings. But, Marion says so far, 2018 is not much different than in years past.
“We’ve had 35 shooting incidents with 43 shooting victims. To compare that (with) 2017, there were 33 shootings with 33 victims,” Marion said.
Marion says Peoria typically sees an increase in shooting activity during the summer months. And, if a shooting victim does not cooperate and gang ties are suspected, officers will make a visit.
“We’ll go and deliver what’s called custom notifications. We’ll go talk to them, and stress to them don’t retaliate. Let us handle it,” Marion said.
He says the message often falls on deaf ears, but police will keep delivering it.