A time­line of shoot­ings in Hamil­ton

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2016 — 22

2015 — 14

2014 — 7

2013 — 12 2012 — 12

Source: Hamil­ton Po­lice Ser­vice

called the spike in shoot­ings “con­cern­ing” and “bizarre.” But, Sprott added, it’s pos­si­ble to have an “anoma­lously high year” for a par­tic­u­lar crime only to see it level out the next year with­out ex­pla­na­tion.

“It sounds con­cern­ing and some­thing that should be in­ves­ti­gated,” she said. “But whether that will per­sist, who knows? It’s too soon to know.”

Sprott pointed to Toronto’s so­called “year of the gun,” which saw a jump in shoot­ings in 2005.

Shoot­ings dropped the next year, and de­spite many at­tempts to ex­plain the jump, Sprott said she’s never heard a con­vinc­ing ar­gu­ment.

She also pointed out that shoot­ings often don’t oc­cur evenly through a year, so it’s pos­si­ble to have a spike dur­ing one pe­riod and then see the over­all num­ber bal­ance out by the end of De­cem­ber.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on ei­ther in­ci­dent on West 5th Street is asked to call Det. Const. Jef­frey Clush­man at 905-546-8927 or Crime Stop­pers at 1-800-222-8477.

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