The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has identified the most violent places in the state for the first time.
According to the FBI’s latest Uniform Crime Report, Knoxville and Memphis ranked number one and number two, respectively, for violent crime, with 1,547 homicides and 2,081 assaults, for a total of 6,071 murders.
The city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was number five with 1:30 p.m.
Sunday reports of shots fired in the city and a shooting in a shopping center.
Knoxville was the only city in Tennessee to rank at least third and fourth in homicides and assaults.
“This is a national issue,” Tennessee State Police spokesman Lt.
J.J. Bowers said of the violent crime figures.
“We’re seeing it in our state, it’s happening across the country.”
The number of assaults in Tennessee was 784 in the past year, more than triple the 626 assaults in the same period in 2016.
In 2015, the number of aggravated assaults was 588.
The number of homicides in Tennessee in 2015 was 5,851, more per capita than any other state.
The Tennessee Bureau says Knoxville has seen the largest increase in homicides in the nation in the last five years.
In 2016, there were nearly 2,000 more homicides than there were in 2015.
This year, Knoxvillians are more likely to be shot at by police than any year in the department’s history, with more than 1,000 killings and more than 10,000 shootings.
In the first quarter of 2017, there was nearly a 1,600 percent increase in shootings.
“It’s really been a spike, not a dip, but an increase,” Bowers told Breitbart News.
“And we’re still at the highest number of shootings since 2007, when there was a massive spike.”