Homicides down sharply in 1st quarter
CHICAGO – In a promising start to 2019, homicides and shootings have dropped sharply over the first three months, Chicago police say, continuing a decline since 2016, when violence hit levels not seen since the 1990s.
Homicides plummeted 38 percent through March 24, the latest department statistics show, as most of the city’s 22 patrol districts reported declines, including in the South and West Side neighborhoods that traditionally struggle with violence, poverty and other social ills. Shooting incidents fell by 19 percent.
Arguably, the biggest improvement took place in the Calumet District on the Far South Side, which had seen a single homicide and only 10 shooting incidents through March 24, though a shooting a day later left a 33-year-old woman dead and her husband and 1-year-old son wounded. The district had 11 homicides and 23 shooting incidents in the year-earlier period.
– Chicago Tribune