KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The homicide rate in Kansas City climbed to 71 over the weekend, but while it's higher than this time last year, the total number of homicides have been on a steady decrease since 2011.
During a press briefing on Monday, the police department says they can't pin down reasons why there has been a recent spike in shootings. Of the current deadly shootings 20 were over arguments, 11 for domestic violence and 33 were for unknown reasons.
"We would say that it is people that are hanging out with the wrong group of people doing the wrong types of things and choosing to handle issues that most other rational people would simply characterize as an argument and go on with life, they decide to pull out a gun and start shooting at each other," KCPD spokesperson Tye Grant said. " That's the problem."
Grant added that the police department is proactive with year-round Programs to show people different lifestyle choices.