Tampa Police Hold Community Forum on Gun Violence
TAMPA, Fla – Acting Police Chief Ruben Delgado will host a community forum on the peak of gun violence in Tampa in 2021 on Tuesday.
The forum will be held at the Jackson Heights YET NFL Center at 5:30 p.m.
Tampa Police said the number of homicides this year was just under 50, a 65% increase from last year.
Police released homicide figures for the past five years, which indicate an average of 31 homicides per year.
That was until this year’s peak, with Tampa Police saying the asset count for the year stood at 47.
2021 – 47 (active account)
2020 – 31
2019 – 31
2018 – 27
2017 – 39
2016 – 29
Police say the total number of gunshot victims this year in Tampa stands at 243, 194 of whom were non-fatal.
82 of these shootings took place in East Tampa.
For comparison, there were 219 total shooting fatalities in Tampa in 2020 and only 121 in 2019.
Interim Chief Delgado will stand alongside community groups working with police to curb the rise in gun violence in the city.
Tampa Police did not release homicide counts until prior to the forum, which does not include shootings where no fatalities occurred.
Stay tuned to Spectrum Bay News 9 for more on tonight’s community forum on gun violence.