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Louisville leaders say recent violence is cause for 'concern'

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Police speak to a witness on I-71 as they investigate what's now being called a fatal 'road rage' incident. Police speak to a witness on I-71 as they investigate what's now being called a fatal 'road rage' incident.
LMPD Chief Conrad speaks about recent violence prior to YPAL event in Louisville. LMPD Chief Conrad speaks about recent violence prior to YPAL event in Louisville.
Mayor Fischer speaks about recent violence in Louisville Wednesday afternoon. Mayor Fischer speaks about recent violence in Louisville Wednesday afternoon.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- LMPD is now asking for help from other agencies after a sudden surge of violent crime.

City leaders say it's not just the past 24 hours they're concerned about, it's 20 homicides so far this year compared to two in the same amount of time last year.

"I absolutely believe this is a time for concern," Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Steve Conrad said. "This is an unusual number of homicides for this time of the year."

It's a time of concern for law enforcement and Louisville city leaders.

"While we've made progress in overall crime reduction, this amount of violent crime is troubling and upsetting to a lot of folks -- including myself," Mayor Fischer said.

Four homicides in one day are only adding to those concerns -- from a double homicide in Shawnee, to a homicide in the Russell neighborhood, to the murder on I-71 Wednesday morning.

"Clearly we're off to a start this year a lot more than what usually takes place," Fischer said.

Wednesday afternoon, Chief Conrad met with several outside law enforcement agencies to find a solution to the problem.

"US Marshals, ATF, FBI, DEA -- to see if we can take another layer of investigation onto these to understand what's going on," Mayor Fischer explained.

The city is also working with LMPD to stop the violence

"We're in contact all the time, whether it's an issue like this or an overall reduction of crime," Fischer said.

But the message from LMPD and the city of louisville is the same.

"Violent crime is a community problem and in every one of these cases, someone out there saw what happened," Conrad said. "There are people out there that can help us."

If you're one of those people you're asked to call Metro Police.

LMPD will hold a news conference Thursday morning about the violent crime so far this year.

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