St. Paul reaches 20 homicides – the highest mark in the past decade

This comes after a woman was stabbed to death Tuesday.
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The scene of Thursday evening's shooting. 

With the death of a woman following a stabbing on Tuesday evening, St. Paul has hit a 10-year high for local homicides. 

Police say they found the as-yet unidentified victim with a knife wound while responding to a call about a stabbing at an apartment on Edmund Avenue West. She was taken to Regions Hospital but died of her injuries.

While the crime is still under investigation, a suspect is in custody, and authorities say there's no threat to the public. No other details surrounding the incident have been released.

Homicides over the past 10 years

The police department says it's the city's 20th homicide of the year. That's higher than last year's total, and 2017 isn't over yet. 

According to city crime data, there were 19 homicides in 2016 (plus two justifiable homicides, which are not included in the total), and 16 the year before.

The data also shows that 2017's total is the highest in 10 years:

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Violent crime – especially that which involves guns – has been a growing problem in St. Paul, with Police Chief Todd Axtell recently calling it a "public health crisis," MPR noted. 

The issue became a major talking point during the mayoral election, too. As the Star Tribune reports, candidate Pat Harris described the city's gun violence as an "epidemic," and put forward a plan calling for the hiring of 50 more cops.

Melvin Carter, meanwhile, pledged to "double down on our efforts to get our officers more engaged with our communities, and create community programming to tackle this problem head on."

Carter ended up winning the race on Tuesday night; he'll be St. Paul's first African-American mayor. 

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