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Chicago Police: Homicides down more than 20 percent over last year

Updated: September 1, 2013 9:14PM

Shootings and homicides in August were down more than 20 percent from a year ago, Chicago Police said Sunday.

There were six fewer homicides this August than in August 2012. Overall, homicides are down 23 percent in 2013: from 366 through the first eight months of last year to 281 during the same period this year, Chicago Police spokesman Adam Collins said.

Three people have been shot to death since the beginning of the holiday weekend, which runs into September.

Police said 47 fewer people were shot this August compared with August 2012. Shootings are down 22 percent — from 1,679 through August last year to 1,305 in the same period this year, Collins said.

“While there have been significantly fewer shootings and murders this year, one victim is one too many and there’s clearly more work to be done,” Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said in a statement.

“Overall crime” is down 15 percent from the first eight months of 2012, Collins said.

Police also noted that the department has recovered more than 4,800 illegal guns so far this year.

“We will continue our close partnership with the community and continue implementing our comprehensive policing strategy, but to address gun violence we need stronger laws that keep illegal guns out of our streets in the first place,” McCarthy said in the statement.


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