Chester police deal with ongoing murder epidemic

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Chester police deal with ongoing murder epidemic: Christie Ileto reports on Action News at 11 p.m., October 12, 2017 (WPVI)

Police in Chester, Delaware County say they are dealing with a murder epidemic.

There have been more than 20 homicides in the city this year. And the current number of homicides, with more than two months left to go in the year, is already tied with that of last year.

In the last 24 hours alone, there have been two murders and a handful of shootings-one of which has left a man critically injured.

In the latest incident, police said a man was shot multiple times in broad daylight while working on his car.

Devan Roberts is frustrated with the bloodshed on the city's streets.

"My uncle was a great dude," said Roberts. "He would give you the shirt off of his back."

Devan's uncle, Robert Roberts, was shot to death Wednesday night.

"The senseless violence. It just needs to stop. Period," he said.

Chester Police Chief James Nolan said the police department is doing what it can.

"What we can't correct is the lack of concern for human life," said Nolan.

In response to the rising murder rate, the city has increased its number of patrol officers on the street and the number of detectives investigating homicides.

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