Gun Violence Shoots Up 21 Percent In Wilkes-Barre

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WILKES-BARRE — State police statistics suggest it is safer to reside anywhere else in Luzerne County than in Wilkes-Barre.

The city experienced a 21-percent jump in serious crime from January through the end of June, compared to the same time in 2012, according to the state police Uniform Crime Report.

Violence involving guns is the most troubling, accounting for the deaths of six people and injuries to others in multiple shootings and assaults, statistics say.

Three people were killed by gunfire in 2012, although one of those deaths was ruled a murder/suicide.

Read more: