Increase in stabbing, shooting victims reported in Norfolk this year

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by Karen Hopkins, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 8 at 7:54 PM

NORFOLK -- More people have reported being stabbed or shot in Norfolk this year, according to crime data.

Police are seeing a nine percent increase in these violent calls for service. 

From Jan 1 to July 7, police responded to 135 calls of people suffering from gunshot or stabbing wounds. During the same time period in 2013, there were 123 of those calls.

“Keep in mind that this does not necessarily mean that a victim was located, or that the injuries were consistent with a gunshot or stabbing.  It just means that police responded to a caller who stated that they thought someone was shot or stabbed,” Officer Daniel Hudson noted.

During the 4th of July weekend, 15 people were shot in five separate shootings. 

Police Chief Michael Goldsmith is planning to release more information on those investigations Tuesday. 

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