Chicago Po­lice see drop in homi­cides, shoot­ings in May

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION -

CHICAGO | Chicago Po­lice say the num­ber of homi­cides and shoot­ings dropped sig­nif­i­cantly in May com­pared to the same month last year when the to­tals helped turn 2016 into one of the city’s most vi­o­lent years on record.

The depart­ment said Thurs­day that May ended with 56 homi­cides com­pared to 68 dur­ing May 2016, and 257 shoot­ing vic­tims com­pared to 316.

Those to­tals are in part due to a dra­matic drop in vi­o­lence over Me­mo­rial Day week­end. Five peo­ple were killed this Me­mo­rial Day week­end com­pared to 13 last year.

Po­lice con­ducted tar­geted raids dur­ing this hol­i­day week­end and put 1,300 more of­fi­cers on the street.

Over­all, there have been 240 homi­cides so far this year. That’s eight fewer than re­ported through last May.

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