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After 4 months, fewer shootings but two more murders than 2013

Updated: May 1, 2014 8:29AM

The first four months of 2014 were marked with fewer shooting incidents and victims, but saw two more murders compared with the same period in 2013, according to police.

From January through the end of April, there were 12 fewer shooting incidents than the same period in 2013, Chicago Police spokesman Adam Collins said in a statement early Thursday. There can be more one shooting victim per incident.

Also, four fewer people have been shot this year compared with the first four months of 2013, Collins said, and 210 fewer compared with the same period in 2012.

But two more murders have been logged this year than 2013, Collins said. Murders are down by 59 compared with 2012.

This year, police have recorded the second-lowest number of murders over the first four months of the year since 1959, behind only 2013, Collins said.

Crime incidents overall were down 20 percent compared to last year, Collins said.

The data comes after a string of violent April weekends. Most recently, four people were fatally shot and at least 35 others wounded in shootings this past weekend.

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy plans to place more officers in high-crime areas and build stronger relationships with community leaders to dampen gang conflicts and reduce violence in the city, he said in the statement.

But he said current gun laws are making the department’s job more difficult.

“Yet even with the best policing and strongest prevention efforts in the world, without reasonable laws to help keep illegal guns out of our communities we’re going to face an uphill battle,” McCarthy said.

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