After a violent Saturday, in New Orleans, Mayor Mitch Landrieu addressed a news conference acknowledging the "underlying problem" of crime in the city.
But just how bad is crime in New Orleans in 2017? While some argue over whether it's worse than it has ever been, here are five eye-opening facts for perspective:
1. Saturday was the most violent day in New Orleans this year
A total of 13 people were shot in Saturday's 24-hour span: five victims in the 3700 block of Tulane Avenue in Mid-City, one victim each in the 2200 block of A.P. Tureaud Avenue in the 7th Ward and the 2100 block of South Liberty Street in Central City, four victims in the 6600 block of Foch Road in New Orleans East and two victims in the 2900 block of Upperline Street in the Freret neighborhood.
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According to New Orleans crime analyst Jeff Asher, that made it the most violent day in New Orleans in 2017, topping the previous high of 8 people shot in one day.
13 people were shot yesterday in New Orleans (2 killed) making it by far the most violent day of 2017. Previous high was 8 shot in one day.— Jeff Asher (@Crimealytics) June 4, 2017
For some perspective, Asher said having 13 people shot in one day in New Orleans is the per capita equivalent of 90 people being shot in one day in Chicago.
For comparison 13 people shot in one day in New Orleans is the per capita equivalent of 90 people shot in a day in Chicago— Jeff Asher (@Crimealytics) June 4, 2017
2. 703 people have been shot in New Orleans in a 365-day span
If you track back Saturday's violence to 365 days earlier, the number of people shot in New Orleans in that time period is 703.
There have now been 703 people shot in New Orleans over the last 365 days after yesterday's violence. pic.twitter.com/QkBewRRsqo— Jeff Asher (@Crimealytics) June 4, 2017
More than 300 of those shootings happened in 2017, as New Orleans hit the 300 mark for the year on May 31.
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In the two prior years, that didn't happen until August.
NOLA is now at 300 shooting victims in 2017. We hit 300 shooting victims on August 3rd in 2016 and August 1st in 2015.— Jeff Asher (@Crimealytics) June 1, 2017
3. New Orleans tops Baltimore, Chicago in rate of shooting incidents per 100K people
Though they are often thought of as more violent cities, New Orleans has actually maintained a higher rate of shooting incidents per 100,000 people than Baltimore and Chicago since 2013, with only a brief period when it's fallen behind.
A graph Asher tweeted June 2 shows New Orleans maintained a higher rate than both cities until mid-2015, when Baltimore's shooting incidents went on the rise following the arrest of Freddie Gray, and the early part of 2016, when Chicago passed up New Orleans and also crossed the 100 shooting incidents per 100,000 residents average for the first time.
By the start of 2017, however, New Orleans' shooting incidents would jump to an unprecedented high in the last four years -- surpassing an average of 140 shooting incidents per 100,000 -- while Baltimore and Chicago are starting to see a decline.
The approximate rate per 100K residents of shooting incidents over 365 days in Chicago, Baltimore and New Orleans from 2013 to today. pic.twitter.com/FNabEzOA2k— Jeff Asher (@Crimealytics) June 2, 2017
4.New Orleans' (unofficial) murder rate is one of the highest in the nation
Asher tweeted a list of U.S. cities with available murder data on June 1 that included New Orleans.
At the time, the unofficial local murder count was 80, the sixth highest tally on the list behind Chicago (230), Baltimore (142), Philadelphia (126), Los Angeles (102) and Memphis (84).
The city's murder rate of 20.3 per 100,000 residents, however, ranked third on the list, behind only Baltimore (22.9) and St. Louis (20.8, 66 murders).
Unofficial murder counts & approximate murder rates for available US cities through late May 2017. pic.twitter.com/0QChpdhCXL— Jeff Asher (@Crimealytics) June 1, 2017
We now know these numbers are not entirely accurate after this weekend because ...
5. After Saturday's violence, New Orleans sits at 84 homicides for the year
The killings of Larry D. King, Zach Nelson and Aaron Melton bring New Orleans' homicide count for 2017 to 84, with seven of those killings happening in four incidents from May 26 to June 3 -- one of which was the murder of Loomis armored truck employee James McBride during a robbery attempt in Mid-City on June 1.
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Of the 84 homicides, the New Orleans Police Department has made arrests in just 17 of them, or 20 percent.
Whether you believe that number is too low or a surprising success rate, one stat that spells out the daunting task the NOPD has in making arrests for the other 67 is that only 18 homicide detectives are working what is believed to be a 20 percent increase in homicides from last year.
The beleaguered homicide detectives of New Orleans could be getting a raise.