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President Obama was unable to put his finger on a single main reason for an uptick in homicides in his hometown of Chicago. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Obama was unable to put his finger on a single main reason for an uptick in homicides in his hometown of Chicago, during a Thursday interview with NBC-Chicago.

“I don’t think there’s one reason and I don’t think there’s a silver bullet answer for it,” Obama said when asked about the dramatic spike in murders in 2016.

Chicago Police documented 762 shooting deaths last year, making it the highest rate in 20 years. President-elect Trump has urged Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to ask the federal government for help if he cannot get a hold of the problem. But Obama suggested that there are a number of reasons for the uptick in shooting-related incidents that his administration is starting to work on changing.

“It appears it be a combination of factors: the nature of gang structures or lack of structure in Chicago, the way that police are allocated in some cases, the need for more police, the easy accessibility of guns, pockets of poverty that are highly segregated,” Obama said.

But Obama insisted the problem may not be simple to fix.

With two weeks left until he leaves the Oval Office, Obama said his administration is working to “invigorate” programs in the Windy City that can address all of the issues he mentioned.

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