DCNF: The Chicago Police Department touted the decline in murders and shootings in the city for 2017 in its New Year’s Day release on homicide statistics.
The city saw a nearly 16 percent decline in murders in the city compared to 2016, while overall shootings also dropped, reports CNN.
In 2017, there were 650 homicides while the city experienced 771 homicides in 2016. Shooting incidents and shooting victims also dropped in 2017 compared to the previous year–there were 2,785 shooting incidents and 3,457 shooting victims as compared to 2016’s 3,550 shooting incidents and 4,349 shooting victims.
Despite the declines in homicides and shootings, 2017’s homicide count is still higher than in 2014 and 2015. more