District of Columbia police increase patrols citywide

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Police in the District of Columbia are planning to increase patrols citywide because of a jump in violent crime that has led to four killings and the wounding of at least eight other people.

Police say the spate of violence in the nation's capital started late Friday and continued into late Saturday in several parts of the city.

Assistant Police Chief Diane Groomes says investigators have found no links among the shootings.

The district has had 50 homicides so far this year, 19 in April alone. Police statistics say there were 181 homicides in 2007 after a 20-year low of 169 in 2006.

Groomes says police administrators will be given patrol duties to help expand the police presence.