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Murder Rate Triples in Indiana City, Police Blame Drugs

Evansville is the state's third-largest city, and they're competitive now in a way they don't want to be.

EVANSVILLE, Ind.--While the capital city had more people killed this years than last year, another Indiana city had three times the number of people murdered in 2017 than 2016. That's after a violent 2016, too, when the number of murders doubled in Evansville.

Captain Any Chandler, with Evansville PD, told WFIE TV that eight people have been murdered since October, and that the number of calls about gunshots that police have answered have also gone up. He described the situation as shocking.

Chandler said the majority of the killings involve drugs.

He said 8 out of 10 murders that happen in the city involved young men who come from homes where there is no father present and that the city is working to help combat that with programs that seek to get to the juveniles early to steer them away from a life of crime.

Evansville is the state's third largest city, with a population around 117,000 people.

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