ROCKFORD (WREX) — There's a surge of gun violence in Rockford and authorities say weapons are falling into the wrong hands.
"The amount of gunfire we're seeing is exponentially higher," Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea said. "The guns we saw in 2020, we seized well over a hundred guns than we seized in 2019."
According to the department, officers recovered 163 guns in 2019 and 281 in 2020.
With an increase of guns being seized, it's creating violence across the community.
"They are wildly fire at each other. It's up and down every street. Anywhere in the city. Out of the city. That's a huge concern for us," O'Shea said.
But, a law enforcement partnership in the city is working together an using specific technology to curb the gun violence.
"It's a very high level high technical tool," says O'Shea.
13 News digs deeper into this gun trafficking and gives you an inside look into the technology Thursday on 13 News at 10.