- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Bismarck police say gun crime is growing in the city, but they’re not exactly sure what’s causing it.

The Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/28Qe4F4) reports that since the beginning of the year, Bismarck police have taken 48 gun-related reports. That’s compared to 28 during the same time last year.

Deputy Chief Randy Ziegler says he suspects the increase stems from growing drug use in the community.

In one case, someone fired a gun into the air behind a supermarket. In a different situation, a man allegedly shot at strangers after they declined an offer for drugs.

Ziegler says criminality and drug abuse are “definitely linked.”

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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