Oakland County, one of the wealthiest counties in Michigan, has a murder problem.
In the first six months of 2022, the county recorded 26 homicides, double the 13 during the first half of 2021, The Oakland Press reports. Last year's total was 35.
The 26 for the first half of this year is equal to the number recorded for all of 2020. Four victims this year were children aged 4, 6, 7 and 16.
If the pace continues, the county may set a record.
According to the county, here are other homicide totals for recenbt years:
- 2020: 26 homicides
- 2019: 21 homicides
- 2018: 29 homicides
- 2017: 17 homicides
The suburban paper reports:
So far this year, Pontiac leads the county with 10 reported homicides: six fatal shootings, two deaths from a house fire determined to be arson and two deaths by asphyxiation.
Three homicides have been reported in Groveland Township, two each in Hazel Park, Independence Township, Oak Park and White Lake Township, and one each in Ferndale, Oxford Township, Rochester Hills, Southfield, Troy and Wixom.