Homicides in Bowling Green already equal to number in all of 2019

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Bowling Green Police Department has worked the same number of homicides this year as they did all of 2019, and it is only June.

The number of homicides in the city both last year and so far, this year is six, the most recent being a shooting that took place at an apartment complex Monday night.

Although, Bowling Green Police Officer Ronnie Ward said he does not believe the public to be in any more danger this year than last year.

“I’ve been doing this job for many years and throughout those years one year we had a few as zero and another year we had as many as 10, and it wasn’t a steady climb. It was just literally all over the board on statistics. So, to say, ‘why does it happen,’ it’s not possible to come up with reasons,” said Ward.

In many cases, police don’t immediately release motives because some information needs to be withheld until cases go to court.

Officials say they don’t share details about a pending case, but do say, random acts of homicide are rare.

“People want to know if these crimes are random. For the lack of a better term, if somebody is just running around the city shooting people and so we try to put the community’s mind at rest but without going into too much detail and talking too much about the case,” said Ward.

Warren County Chief Deputy Coroner Dwayne Lawrence said the unrest in the world right now could affect crime.

“I think they go up and they go down to be honest, some of that could be the stress that is going on, the drug activity, even domestic. Those numbers, it’d be a better thing to look at and see how high they are,” said Lawrence.

So far this year, there have been no homicides in Warren County outside of the city limits.