The La Crosse Police Department says it responded to several gun-related incidents this weekend, which have contributed to a huge increase in gun related cases over the past few years.
Fox 25/48's Zach Prelutsky explains why the police department says the numbers are alarming.
This past weekend, La Crosse police received multiple calls involving guns; one at Vick’s Bar on Saturday night and one at Eighth and Ferry early Sunday morning.
The number of incidents involving guns recently is becoming a trend that the La Crosse Police Department says is alarming. That led to the department doing a quick search to compare the number of gun calls in recent years to those in the past.
Compared to 2010, this year has seen a 157% increase in gun calls in La Crosse. These numbers are thru November 13, but police say the last two years are the highest they've been in a while.
"When we're up 157 percent from 2010 to now thru November, it is alarming, you know we're prepared to deal with having gun calls but if it is something that is up 157 percent, we think that it's important for the public to know."
According to a study done in 2015 by Columbia University professors, nearly 35 percent of people in Wisconsin owned at least one gun.
However, the recent spike of these incidents does not mean that crime in the area is also on the rise.
"Crime is down in La Crosse. The last numbers we had checked we were down seven percent in crime, but the number of crimes and calls we're seeing that are being committed with an actual gun going up we do think that's important."
The police department says they have no specific initiative to help curb the rising numbers, but they make sure their officers are trained for when the situation presents itself.
In La Crosse, Zach Prelutsky, Fox 25/48 First News at Nine.