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VIDEO | LMPD Chief Steve Conrad talks about the rising homicide rate in Louisville

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As part of an exclusive, multi-part interview with WDRB on Thursday, Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad sat down with David Scott and Lindsay Allen to talk about the rising rate of homicides in Louisville. As part of an exclusive, multi-part interview with WDRB on Thursday, Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad sat down with David Scott and Lindsay Allen to talk about the rising rate of homicides in Louisville.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- As part of an exclusive, multi-part interview with WDRB on Thursday, Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad sat down with David Scott and Lindsay Allen to talk about the rising rate of homicides in Louisville.

So far in 2016, metro Louisville has seen 346 shootings and 81 homicides, the latter of which is already more than all of 2015.

"I think everyone is kind of looking for those quick answers of what's happening, what's different, why this year, and I think this is a simplistic explanation for what is a challenging, but the drivers to violent crime in our community really boil down to some simple things: we have just some terrible pockets of poverty in our neighborhoods ... [and] a terrible problem with drug addiction," Chief Conrad said. 

"Heroin is taking as many, if not more lives than guns. Heroin use is just off the hook, and there's someone making money off those drug transactions."

Chief Conrad said there isn't one single thing that causes the consistency of these shootings, but he did point to a lack of limits on gun ownership.

"There is an overabundance and no limits to guns that a person can get, whether they're a convicted felon or not," he said. "And underlining all that is a failure in institutions, that most people depend on to succeed in life -- parents, school, and I think your government -- to help you. I'm kinda blaming the churches and the parents, but I'll throw stones at the criminal justice system. I don't think people are fairly treated by the criminal justice system and even the police.

"We all own a bit of what is occurring here, and this isn't a problem that happened overnight. This just didn't get bad from last year. This has been a generation in the making."

Watch Chief Conrad's full segment on homicides in the video player above.

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