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Homicide jump of more than 40% a backdrop to D.C.’s crime prevention initiative

By Emily Zantow

The Washington Times

Homicides in the District of Columbia in 2021 are up more than 40%, from 47 killings to 66, over the same period last year, and after another weekend of multiple shootings, including the wounding Saturday of a 7-year-old riding a scooter, city officials on Monday outlined plans to address the surge of violence.

D.C. Metropolitan Police Chief Robert J. Contee III said at a press conference about the city’s annual Summer Crime Prevention Initiative that officers are implementing target prevention and enforcement strategies in several neighborhoods “that have traditionally been hit the hardest.”

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