Violent crime in general has been on the decline in St. Louis over the past decade or so. But last year, the murder rate started creeping up again.
The city recorded 120 murders in 2013, up 6.2% from the year before, according to official statistics released in mid-January.
But police chief Sam Dotson says overall, things are improving. "Our strategies are having an impact," he said.
He credited "hot-spot policing," which puts boots on the ground where crime is most rampant.