HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - Hampton police say they will be stepping up patrols following four murders in the city during the first three weeks of 2013.
At this time last year, Hampton Police Division Sergeant Jason Price said the city had no homicides.
"It's not unusual to have four homicides happen in a time span like this," Price said. "It's unusual that it occurred in January. However we're taking it very seriously. We're starting a high impact patrol unit that will impact the areas where these crimes are occurring. We're going to have strict law enforcement in those areas."
Gun violence has taken place in different parts of the city.
- Jan. 4: 24-year-old James Williams of Hampton was killed off Homestead Avenue
- Jan. 17: 25-year-old Curtis Tombs of Hampton was shot on South Back River Road and died later from his injuries
- Jan. 19: 30-year-old Joseph McQueen of Hampton and 24-year-old Clifton Christian of Norfolk were gunned down and killed off Kecoughtan Road at the White Oaks Lodge
So far, police have not made any arrests in the cases, but ask anyone with helpful information to call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
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