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Under the gun: Homicides down, shootings up in 2014 so far

A man who pointed gun Chicago Police was shot by an officer early Saturday Austneighborhood West Side according Fraternal Order

A man who pointed a gun at Chicago Police was shot by an officer early Saturday in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side, according to the Fraternal Order of Police. The shooting happened about 12:35 a.m. in the 5000 block of West Monroe Street, police News Affairs Officer Ronald Gaines said, citing preliminary information. | Alex Wroblewski / Sun-Times

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Updated: August 7, 2014 6:22AM

Chicago Police reported a 5 percent decrease in murders through the first six months of 2014 compared with the same period last year.

The 171 slaying were a 32 percent decrease from the unusually violent first half of 2012, and a more modest 8 percent decrease from the start of 2011, police said...READ MOREhomicides-CST-070614.3(300wide)

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