Denver Police Chief Robert White addresses the recent spate of homicides at the steps of the city and county building Monday afternoon, March 16, 2015. Mayor Michael Hancock stands to his immediate right. (Jesse A. Paul, The Denver Post)Four people were killed and one wounded in four Denver shootings over a roughly 24-hour span between early Sunday and Monday morning. Police Chief Robert White said Monday that three of the four killings were gang-related, meaning that eight of the 12 homicides so far this year involved gangs. That’s a sharp increase over last year at this time.One of those slain was a 27-year-old Colorado Springs man whose family said was in Denver for a baby shower when he was killed late Sunday, according to a community organizer.White said investigators are working to determine if the gang-related slayings are connected.”We are going to close these cases,” White said. “We need to be much more aggressive in fighting some of the gang activity we are seeing.” Authorities have not named any of those killed. An arrest was made in one of the cases but police have not released additional information.Mayor Michael Hancock urged residents to cooperate with police.”If you hear something, see something — say something,” he said at an afternoon news conference. “This sort of activity in our city is simply unacceptable.”Between January and March 2014, there were eight homicides in Denver. So far this year there have been 12, according to data gathered by The Denver Post. The announcement that three of the recent slayings were gang-related brings the police department’s official gang-related homicide tally this year to eight, White said. The Post analyzed police data last month showing a surge in gang-related homicides and aggravated assaults in January and February as compared to the same time last year. Police define gang-related or gang-motivated crimes as involving either a suspect or victim who is a known or suspected gang member.In the wake of the violence, Denver activist Jeff Fard, known as Brother Jeff, said he has organized a community and police meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the … – Click Here To Visit Article Source