Chicago Has Fewest Murders in 50 Years, Police Say

The city is still plagued by a rise in the number of shootings and shooting victims.
1:18 | 09/01/14

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Police superintendent Garry McCarthy says the police department is making exceptional progress. But he still -- -- completely satisfied with the numbers McCarthy says he will continue to put more police in high crime neighborhoods. As part of his strategy. That's like to point out that those numbers represent the second lowest shooting -- In this city's history on record only -- -- last year is remarkable reductions. In shootings and overall crime. Here's a look at the new numbers compared to 2013 in the first eight months of 2014. Murders are down 7%. Overall crime is down 14%. Shooting incidents are up 5%. And shooting victims are up 6%. I said this many times before and I'll continue to emphasize it until something changes. Even when the best policing and the best policing strategy in a world. Without better laws to help keeping illegal guns off the streets and out of the hands of criminals we'll continue to face an uphill battle. McCarthy also credited the community in his news conference this morning saying that the community has played a big role in helping solve cases. Reporting -- Chicago police headquarters just get D'Onofrio -- BC seven Eyewitness News.

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