By Pat Loeb

By Pat Loeb

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia City Council is focusing on youth gun violence in a hearing today, as the city sees a steady uptick in shootings and homicides.

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The police commissioner testified about one of the leading causes of youth violence.

Commissioner Richard Ross told a council panel he finds a common motive running through violent incidents, regardless of where it happens.

“Retaliatory violence. That’s our biggest issue that we deal with every day.”

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One shooting can lead to multiple others, a major factor, he says, in the slightly higher number of homicides in the city in this year to date.

But one, he says, with a solution that anyone can contribute to.

“If you hear about something brewing, irrespective of how small it may be, give us a call, let us be the determining factor on whether it was significant or not.”

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Ross also stressed it will take more than policing to address the problem of youth violence.