Homicide statistics show disturbing trend in Cincinnati

In Cincinnati, shootings are down and so are robberies. But behind the numbers is a disturbing trend. (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Crime is often the first thing people consider when they move to a city.

Columbus and Indianapolis had a record number of homicides in 2017. But in Cincinnati, shootings are down and so are robberies.

At the end of the year, lives become numbers.

Shootings and homicides matter the most. Last year's shootings are down compared with the year before and the year before that.

Most of the homicide victims were shot.

There were 71 of them, nine more than last year. The same as the year before.

Behind the numbers is a disturbing pattern.

The pattern: 51 of the 71 homicide victims are black men and for every one of those 51 the suspect wanted or charged is black.

The same pattern is suspected in the first homicide of this year.

Twenty-five-year-old Thomas Rainey was shot to death in the 2200 block of Colerain Avenue near Garden Street Monday night. With a history involving drugs and guns, it's believed he was targeted. He was shot six times.

Lt. Colonel Mike John says this is the pattern that needs to be broken in 2018.

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