As Chicago's violence continues to take center stage, police said the murder mayhem is declining.
Chicago finished the first eight months of 2013 with 22 percent less shootings than in 2012, according to Chicago Police News Affairs spokesman Adam Collins.
There were 47 fewer shootings last month than in August of 2012 and six fewer murders, Collins said.
The city also saw a 23 percent dip in murders and a 15 percent decrease in overall crime so far this year.
“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,” said Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. “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."
The announcement comes in the middle of a violent weekend that has left at least six people dead and 14 others wounded.