Chicago homicides drop 6 percent so far this year, but number of shootings on the rise

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CHICAGO — The number of homicides in Chicago so far this year has dropped 6 percent compared with the first 10 months of 2013.

According to Chicago Police Department statistics, the 331 slayings through Oct. 31 were the fewest for that period since 1965.

But at the same time, the number of shooting victims was up 9 percent through the end of October at 2,129.

That's still better than in 2012, when the number of homicides topped 500.

Superintendent Garry McCarthy said in a statement more needed to be done to confront violence and gang activity, and that he will send more officers to high-crime areas.

But he says it will be an uphill battle without stricter laws to stop what he described as a "flood" of illegal guns flowing into Chicago.

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