Crimetracker: KPD asking for the public's help after rise in shootings

Crime scene tape and police sirens have become all too common in Knoxville. Wednesday, two shootings in one day on Martin Luther King Drive.

In July alone, there were 12 shootings in Knoxville, 5 since last weekend. Only two suspects are in custody. One case that's quickly growing cold, a shooting at Malcolm Martin Park where Conrad Wise was killed walking home with groceries.

Chief David Rausch says, "It's the only one. At this point, we don't have information on it. It's very limited information and we continue to ask the public to call."

Chief Rausch says homicides are up 16 percent this year. Fifteen people have been killed in the city in 2013. Knoxville Police placed extra patrols in Western Heights, Mechanicsville, at Ridgebrook Apartments and Walter P Taylor Homes.

The biggest problem? No one is talking to police. Chief Rausch says, "On a number of these cases, victims refuse to cooperate and witnesses refuse to talk. We can't do effective investigations without cooperation."

That doesn't surprise Niessa Nichols who lives in Western Heights.
Nichols says, "Snitching is a death rape. If you're snitching you're putting yourself up to be murdered."

If you know anything about these shootings, you're asked to call Knoxville Police and remember you can stay anonymous. Police just want someone to tell them something so these shootings will stop.


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