The number of murders in Evansville has reached the highest numbers this century. Evansville police have worked nearly double the amount of murder cases this year compared to last year. There have been 14 in the last 11 months with 8 coming last year. Ten of the fourteen murders this year were due to shootings and police believe that six of them were related to gang or drug activity. The last time Evansville had a murder rate even close to this high was in 2003 when there were twelve murders.