- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 2, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Grand Rapids police said they’re going to increase efforts to find suspects responsible for an increase in shootings over the last two months.

Grand Rapids Police Department chief David Rahinsky told WOOD-TV (https://bit.ly/2f1kdlM ) the department is concerned about the spike in shootings and that the violent crime is unacceptable for the community.

Generally violent crimes in Grand Rapid are low compared to other cities.

However police department data show there were 20 shooting incidents in the city between January and August. In September and October alone, there were 14 such incidents, leaving three people dead and about 20 people injured.

Rahinsky said police have reason to believe several of the shootings are connected to an incident Oct. 9 in which one person was killed and another eight were injured at a party at a strip mall.

The department held a meeting Tuesday in response to the recent spike and will increase efforts to find those responsible for the shootings.

“We’re going to take an aggressive stance,” Rahinsky said.

Rahinsky said the department will have more officers on the street in cars and on foot.

According to Rahinsky, one of the biggest challenges the department has faced during the investigation is lack of cooperation from witnesses and victims. He noted national tension between police departments and their communities as the reason.

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Information from: WOOD-TV, https://www.woodtv.com

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