2013 Homicide Rate Was Below Average in Bowling Green

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO)-- Large cities like Detroit, Chicago and even Nashville saw fewer homicides in 2013 than usual.

Police say Bowling Green followed a similar trend, with just two homicides in 2013 compared to 2012, which had six. They say last year fell below the average for the past five years.

"In the last five years, we've averaged four homicides a year. We've had three some years.. two some years... and we had six the year before last, so having two this year, we consider we're fortunate for that. We'd like to have zero," said Bowling Green Police Public Information Officer Ronnie Ward.

Last year's homicides happened within one mile and one month of each other, and both were shootings. The first killed a man at the Domino's Pizza off Veteran's Memorial in August, and the second was the shooting of a WKU student in the nearby Rock Creek Apartment complex. Officer Ward says both have been solved.

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