Duval County

Violent crime is up in Jacksonville amid the pandemic

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Six shootings in a span of 24 hours on the Northside, Westside, and Arlington left several injured and one man dead.

 In a one on one interview with the Sheriff Mike Williams, Action News Jax Bridgette Matter asked about rising gun violence. 

Violent crime in the city is up just about 5%, property crime down almost 13%,” Williams said.

While violent crime may be down from the April increase of 6.2%, year to date, violent crime is still up.

Williams also touched on homicide numbers.

“At one point this year we were up I think 25 murders year to date Earlier this year we made some adjustments, targeted some resources.”

Williams said that number is less than 10 now.

While the uptick comes amid a pandemic, a report by Arnold Ventures, found homicides in major cities were on the rise this year before it hit.

The report warns homicide rates may rise overall as the year goes on.