Police: Shootings Down, Homicides Up in First Four Months of 2014

Stats released on a day when city recorded at least five different shooting incidents

Chicago had fewer shootings in the first four months of 2014 but recorded two more homicides compared to the same time period in 2013, authorities said Thursday.

From January through the end of April, there were 12 fewer shootings than the same period in 2013, Chicago Police Department spokesman Adam Collins said in a statement.

The gap in comparison to 2012 is significantly larger, with 200 fewer shootings this year, Collins said.

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

But two more murders have been logged this year than 2013, Collins said. The 2012 numbers beat out 2014, with 59 fewer murders logged this year.

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 stats were released after another violent day in Chicago. One person was killed and at least 10 others wounded between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

The Raw Numbers from the Chicago Police Department:

2012: 653
2013: 465
2014: 453 (down 3 percent from 2013, down 31 percent from 2012)

SHOOTING VICTIMS: Jan 1 – April 30
2012: 775
2013: 569
2014: 565 (down 1 percent from 2013, down 27 percent from 2012)

MURDERS: Jan 1 – April 30
2012: 154
2013: 93
2014: 95 (up 2 from 2013, down 38 percent from 2012)

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