By MARK GILLISPIE
CLEVELAND (AP) - Experts in Cleveland say it's difficult to pinpoint why the city has seen a 40 percent increase in gun homicides and a 33 percent rise in felonious assault shootings through the first nine months of this year compared with the same period a year ago.
Cleveland is not alone. Many of the nation's largest cities have also seen big jumps in murder rates this year, yet Ohio's other two large cities - Columbus and Cincinnati - have seen only slight increases.
Violence experts said in interviews there are numerous potential causes for why gun violence has spiked so dramatically in Cleveland such as drug and gang activity, but also theorize that it could be a statistical anomaly after years of relatively low murder rates.