Homi­cides down sharply in 1st quar­ter

The Buffalo News - - NATIONAL NEWS -

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

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