LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville set a record for homicides this year, reporting 171 alleged murders after a deadly shooting Tuesday night.

What You Need To Know

  • Louisville set a new record for homicides this year

  • 2020's 171 deaths far surpass the previous record of 117 set in 2016

  • Christopher 2X hosted a discussion about gun violence on Wednesday

  • 2X said early intervention is key to preventing gun violence

The previous record was 117 in 2016, a mark the city surpassed in September. Hundreds more were injured due to gun violence this year, all while COVID-19 limits how much contact anyone can have with them at the hospital.

“The operating room and Room 9 in the emergency department are cold, lonely, and scary places for our patients,” said Dr. Keith Miller, a trauma surgeon at UofL Hospital.

Miller said the number of gunshot victims who came into the hospital this year is staggering.

“What we’ve experienced this year is unacceptable and it’s complex but it’s not an insurmountable issue,” Miller said.

Christopher 2X hosted a discussion Wednesday about murders in Louisville this year. 

He says he’s troubled by just how many of the victims, 34, were women. Most of them were 30 years old or younger.

“Families are feeling very sad and very depressed about this and the children are tremendously impacted by this,” 2X said.

His group, Christopher 2X Game Changers, works with kids to help them live better lives. He says early intervention is key to preventing more violence.

“I talk to principals who have told me, elementary school principals who have told me, that unfortunately we’re almost losing our these kids before they start K-12,” 2X said. “That’s concerning.”

But he also says there isn’t an easy solution to fix the issues plaguing the city.

While there have been a lot more murders in Louisville this year, Josh Crawford with the Pegasus Institute noted gun violence has been on the rise steadily for the past several years.

The city reported 456 murders between 2015 and 2019, tying a record for homicides in a five-year period set in 1970 through 1974.

“I think it’s important to not think of 2020 as an anomaly,” Crawford said. “We have been building to this point for at least the last six years, and certainly the last five years.”