Summer brings increase in violence, 8 people killed in Denver since the beginning of July

Posted at 6:34 PM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 21:08:04-04

DENVER -- Summer is bringing an uptick in violence after a violent week in Denver. Eight people have been killed since the beginning of July and another ten have been shot or stabbed.

"I want to be very clear, all violence is senseless but what we’ve seen recently seems to take that to a new level. We have folks that have shot and killed people over parking spots, over dogs, over some pretty low level or minor issues that have really escalated to extremely high levels of violence," said Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen.

The city could be on track for its deadliest year in a decade. Police have investigated 46 homicides this year.

"It’s hard to identify what is driving behaviors that are resulting in these high levels of violence," said Pazen.

Homicide numbers are also on the upward trend in Aurora, too. Nine people were killed in June and three in July.