Gun violence spikes in local community


Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

SIKESTON, Mo. - Police in one local community are working harder this year than ever before to curb gun violence.

The Sikeston, Missouri Department of Public Safety is partnering with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to make their streets safer.

According to DPS officials, the city of Sikeston has responded to 47 calls of "shots fired" since the first of the year.

There were an additional three incidents of assaults involving guns.

That breaks down to, on average, a shooting every three to four days.

That's why an ATF agent is imbedded with the Sikeston DPS Power Squad.

That agent is working with officers at the street level to help combat gun violence.