Chicago Killings on the Decline

The number of homicides in the Windy City is the lowest since 1957.
2:06 | 03/01/13

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in the nation's capitol to a ray of light in chicago. We have told you about the epidemic of gun violence there, families under siege. But today a headline -- the violence ebbing. The number of homicides in february, the lowest since 1957. Half as many as february last year. So what is working? Abc's alex perez tells us. Reporter: After months of carnage, a break in the killings. That's progress. It's not victory in any way, shape or form, but it's certainly not failure. Reporter: Chicago for many has become an urban war zone, more than 500 murders in 2012, the murders here got worldwide attention when hadia pendleton was gunned down just a week after performing with her high school band at president obama's inaugural festivities. The first lady attended her funeral and the president visited the city to address the violence. There's never in the city's history, been a homicide that was talked about by the president of the united states. Reporter: Criminal experts say it's too early to call this decline in crime a tend. But they are already looking at what may be helping. Like the police department's aggressive approach to get guns off the street. Also, the 200 officers that were recently shifted from desk duty to the city's violent hot spots. As we saw at this special abc news summit last fall, the cries for help are coming from every direction. You think I want to stand on the corner and sell drugs to other black folks? Help us. Help us try to be better. Reporter: Community activist michael flager has spent decades fighting violence and started a basketball tournament to help foes become friends. Reporter: When people see this, what do you want people to think? I want them to think that we did it in february. We lowered numbers. What are we going to do with march, portugal, may, june? Reporter: For now, a sliver of hope for a city that refuses to give up. And now, we have more on

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