In the last 8 days, Duluth alone had 3 shootings and 1 armed robbery but over the past month, the Twin Ports has seen a spill of shootings and even a homicide. To try and understand what happened in the last month, Duluth Police Department discussed each situation in a press conference on Monday.
Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken says these incidents are not centralized in one area of the city either. Police say they're happening all over. Chief Tusken, reassured the community that he doesn't see this as a trend.
On the Superior side, there has only been one shooting which left one dead and another injured on New Year's Day. That incident was Superior's only homicide and shooting for the past month and the suspect, Jamar Maurice Smith, has been arrested.
Looking at crime data, Duluth and Superior have more thefts and even more residential robberies than shootings. In the last month, the Twin Ports had
These numbers are combined crime data from Superior and Duluth.
Tusken says, in Duluth, there is one thing all these incidents have in common.
"The commonality, I'll speak to these three shootings, I'll speak to initially, is that these events were not random," said Tusken.
Police have a total of 4 suspects arrested
For the East hillside shooting incident, police do have a person of interest but no arrests. They are also still looking for the person responsible for the armed robbery at a West Duluth Taco Johns.
"We have what we call hot-spot areas, in the downtown area we have a directed patrol. We regularly deploy in areas of downtown Duluth," says Tusken.
The only shooting to happen in Downtown Duluth, happened on 1st Avenue East and First Street when a person was shot in the abdomen and those two suspects have already been arrested.
All in all, the Twin Ports have seen 1 homicide, 4 injured, 4 suspects and 2 suspects at large.
Tusken says they have strategic planning for police officers who are deployed to reduce the crime rates in Duluth. From looking at previous years and early predictions, the overall trend for homicides here has trended downwards.