Police: Number of shootings, murders down in Chicago

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Chicago Police released encouraging statistics Monday on the city’s crime.

The number of shootings for the first half of the year is down 25%.  The number of murders is down 29%.

The police say they haven’t seen numbers this low since 1965.

At a press conference at a West Side police station, Superintendent Garry McCarthy noted the significant reduction in homicides came after a bloody 2012 in which Chicago recorded more than 500 homicides for only the second time in a decade.

McCarthy also said overall crime has dropped 15 percent over the first six months.

Chicago Tribune contributed to this report.


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  • Chicagosmartie

    Deaths are down because there seem to be a lot of bad shots…in the legs, arms and grazings. Not sure in what world the actual number of shootings is down though. Disingenuous police and mayoral propaganda is all this is.

  • Dave5919

    Police numbers are way down, morale is rock-bottom,lawbiding citizens are not allowed to carry guns and the crimminals don't obey any laws-gun or otherwise. What could go wrong?

  • FED UP

    War zone in Chicago summer of 2013. On June 10, 2013 we lost our nephew to the gun violence to the streets of Chgo. @ 2:45 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. He was home from college visiting and it was the last thing we expected to hear. His 3 year old son was with him in the middle of the afternoon. Shots rag out, breaking headline news. JaJuan Lewis was taken from us. Ten days later another call, another nephew gunned down. Head line news Jermiah Moore was shot, and laid in the hospital 24 hours, and he too was gone. During JaJuans funeral we had to call the police because we heard someone had a gun. When we made it home and turned on the news we heard 5 people were shot, one fatally. An eighteen year old girl was gunned down. She was standing out with others and a truck with 3 people jumped out and started shooting. She was hit in the neck. We are afraid to come out of the house. We are afraid to allow our children to run and play outside in the summer days. Things we are expected to do in the summertime. We are held hostage while these people are running rampage throughout our streets. Politicians are scratching their heads while we are being murdered. It has to stop now. We need tougher gun laws. We need stiffer penalties. I would like to start a petition to bring the military in now. We fight in the other countries wile the war is going on here. We need all hands on deck. We need to stalk every gun slinging gangster and disarm them, and put them away for a long time. Unregistered weapons 10 years. Automatic weapons 20 years. Every bullet one year. A life for a life. We need to take back our streets, NOW. Ask families that has lost a love one and in this case two in less than two weeks. It's time to make a change. There is more to this plan and I would love the opportunity to discuss with people that can make a difference. Ask Bland Holt's family, Heida Pennenton's family and many, many others. Only registered, license people should carry guns and the others need to be disarmed. NOW.