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Peoria’s 2018 homicides top 2 previous years combined

PEORIA, Ill. – Peoria’s police chief says investigators don’t see connections between numerous recent shootings that have pushed the city’s number of criminal homicides for 2018 pass the combined total for the two previous years.

The city saw its 22nd criminal homicide of the year early Wednesday when police say a 43-year-old man was fatally shot during a birthday party. The (Peoria) Journal Star reports the city’s had three deaths among 10 shooting incidents since Dec. 18, including early Tuesday gunfire that wounded a 12-year-old and another person.

Peoria police Chief Loren Marion says his officers are working long hours to make arrests in the cases but need the community’s help. He says the shootings appear unrelated and that retaliation isn’t involved.