Memphis on track to see deadliest year since 2016, police director says

WATCH: Memphis on track to see deadliest year since 2016, police director says

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The holiday weekend was a violent one in several major American cities including Memphis.

According to Memphis police, 26 people were shot between Friday and Monday.

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Memphis Police Director Rallings told FOX13 that if the city keeps at this pace, Memphis could surpass our most violent year, which was 2016.

Rallings said we need to be concerned about violent crime. “Everybody should be alarmed,” he said.

Twenty-six people were shot, four were murdered, and there were 85 aggravated assaults in Memphis between Friday and 6 a.m. Monday.

The Bluff City is not alone. Major cities, including Atlanta, New York, and Chicago made headlines after a deadly holiday weekend.

Chicago police reported 87 people shot, leading to 17 people killed.

“Chicago is a city of I think 3 million. We’re 650,000. So, if you look at the rate to violent crime that’s normally measured per 100,000 people, our rate surpasses Chicago,” said Rallings.

Rallings said we’re on track to break the record of 228 homicides in 2016 in Memphis.

“We have 137 homicides, so if I do simple math and multiply that by two, we could blow 2016 out of the water,” he said.

The department continues to post officers on interstates and outside essential businesses. Police still need help from the public.

“We need the community to work with us, because often the community knows who is responsible for these violent crimes,” said Rallings.

FOX13 asked the director if people are still comfortable calling the police considering everything going on across the country. He said the department is still seeing an enormous number of calls.

Rallings said he understands that recent incidents could hinder some investigations.