Police: Number of shootings, murders down in Chicago
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.