Police: April was a deadly month in Chicago

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Chicago Police Department – CPD

CHICAGO –  There was one more murder in Chicago in April than the same month last year.

Sunday, the Chicago Police Department released the overall crime statistics for April 2016.  Overall for the month, there were 36 murders, 253 shootings and 311 shooting victims.

That’s a 3 percent increase in murders from April 2015.   The police department says the homicide rate is in a downward trend for the year, with an increase of 75 percent in January, 126 percent in February and 29 percent in March.

CPD reports an increase in police activity compared to this time last year, including an increase of murder arrests by nearly 10%, an increase of gun recoveries by 30%, and an increase of investigative stops by roughly 10% compared to the month of March.

Officers have taken more than 2,800 guns off the streets since the start of this year.