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LMPD puts extra focus on violent crime increase near Shawnee

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's about 6:30 on a Wednesday night when the call for a "fight with 30 teens" comes over the radio. LMPD Lt. Ryan Bates starts driving to where it's happening at 38th and Broadway, with a WDRB News crew riding along. 

When we get there the fight appears to be broken up. Several teens are leaving the area. One is in handcuffs and one is bloody.  

"As they were breaking up the fight apparently another girl grabbed a miniature bat and struck another girl with it in the head," Bates said. 

This call falls within LMPD's Second Division. 

"It's a busy division," Bates said. 

It covers several West Louisville neighborhoods. 

Statistics show there have been five homicides in the Second Division so far this year compared to two at the same time last year. There have been 69 aggravated assaults to date. Last year at this time there were 45. 

"I'd say in the past couple months we've seen more violence than usual," Bates said. 

Monday, police responded to a shooting on South 37th Street. Last week, a JCPS school bus was shot several times at at 44th and Duncan. Police say a 13- and 17-year-old were shot on Amy Avenue near 38th Street on March 2

Bates says Monday's shooting was very close to the Academy at Shawnee, so police are increasing officer presence in marked patrol cars so the kids feel more safe when they get out of school. 

"We have Flex units that are out, they usually are like in unmarked cars, and then we also have Operation Trust which is going around. They've been focusing heavily in the areas as well," Bates said. 

Bates says they're also asking for the public's help to bring down crime. 

"We try to rely heavily upon community input and that's -- it's beneficial for us when the community helps us," Bates said. "As far as utilizing the tip line and things like that so we know the right areas to focus on." 

The number to leave an anonymous tip with LMPD is 574-LMPD.

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