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(WBIR-Knoxville) Police Chief David Rausch said increased patrols will help monitor four neighborhood that has seen recent shootings in the last month.

A total of 12 shootings were reported in July.

In a press conference Thursday morning that these incidents don't appear to be connected and seem to be domestic in nature.

"I can tell you that many of them are domestic related, many are acquaintances that started out as a disagreement and escalated to gun violence," the chief said.

He said there is "no major activity going on in our city." KPD confirmed that some of the individuals involved in three of the 12 cases are "gang-affiliated," but stressed gang activity was not involved in the shootings.

None of the shootings were in retaliation to the other shootings in the city, according to Rausch.

"This is more about individuals not able to handle conflict," Rausch said during the conference.

Rausch said homicides are up 16 percent this year, with a total of 15 deaths this year. In July, there were 12 incidents where victims were shot, and five this weekend alone. About half of the cases are closed right now, and some of them are drug related.

Rausch stressed that KPD needs the community to step forward to help solve these cases. Right now, Rausch said witnesses have refused to cooperate.

"I think fear comes into play in a lot of these. You got someone who has used a gun against another person, so I think fear comes into a reality in these cases," he added.

KPD has stepped up patrols primarily: Martin Luther King area, Mechanicsville, Richbrook, Western Heights. The department also met with U.S. attorneys and the District Attorney's Office Thursday morning.

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(WBIR-Knoxville) Knoxville police will address recent shooting incidents in the city Thursday morning.

Police Chief David Rausch will hold a press conference at the Knoxville Police Safety Building at 11 a.m. KPD said in a statement that Rausch won't discuss specific investigative issues related to these cases. Instead, he will address violent crime in the city, and what steps KPD is taking to address current crime issues.

10News will begin streaming the conference live on its website at 11 a.m. We will also have the latest updates at noon on channel 10. Stay with wbir.com and 10News for the latest developments in these investigations.

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