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Supt. Garry McCarthy today rolled out new numbers showing violent crime is down in the city.   The message, though, was blurred by a rash of shootings yesterday and early this morning.

16-year-old Maurice Knowles was shot and killed while sitting on the front porch of his home at 105th and Lasalle early Monday night.  The gunman, in a gangway across the street, later arrested.

Knowles death is one of at least 3 murders and 10 others shot in Chicago on Monday into early this morning – many on the South Side.
A 27-year-old was shot several times last night near a school at 57th and Princeton.
Today, police superintendent Garry McCarthy released the new crime numbers for August.  There were six fewer murders and 47 fewer shootings compared to August of last year.

So far in 2013, murders are down by 85 and shooting victims, down by almost 500, he says.

“One victim is one too many so we are pleased about the progress we are making but there’s still more work that needs to be done,” McCarthy said.

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