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.