MAP: See how 2017 Anchorage homicides compare to the deadliest year on record

Courtesy: MGN Online
Homicide investigation (Courtesy: MGN Online)

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Use this interactive map to compare where 2017 versus 2016 homicide incidents took place across Anchorage, as of Oct. 25, 2017.


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Methodology:
Data is sourced from the Anchorage Police Department and Channel 2 KTUU Archives.

Blue = Arrest/Charges Made
Red = No Arrests/Charges Made

Story:
As of late-October, the Anchorage Police Department counted 31 homicide victims and 27 incidents, since January 1, 2017.

Compare these numbers to this time last year, and Anchorage had 28 homicide victims and 24 incidents, since the beginning of 2016.

Throughout all of 2016, there were a total of 34 homicide victims and 28 incidents. And according to APD statistics, last year was also Anchorage's highest number of homicides per year, in over two decades.

In 2016, Anchorage's deadliest month was July, at nine homicide victims and eight incidents. Police say they have enough evidence to identify James Dale Ritchie as the gunman to three of these July homicide victims and two incidents.

[Serial killer: Police say James Dale Ritchie committed 5 murders in 2016]

So far in 2017, Anchorage's deadliest month is August, at six homicide victims and six incidents.

Other months this year, with notably high death tolls, include February and September.

In February 2017, there were five homicide victims and three incidents. This is largely in part due to the fatal Royal Suite Lodge fire, which killed three people, injured dozens more and displaced roughly 70 individuals.

[Victims of Royal Suite Apartment fire look to rebuild after losing everything]

And in September 2017, there were also five homicide victims and three incidents. That month, Anchorage police confirmed a triple-homicide case at The Bullion Brothers jewelry store.

[APD: Triple homicide investigated on Spenard Road]



 
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