Chicago police says shootings up, murders down in 2014

A police officer stands guard outside a home where a man was shot in the chest in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the city's Westside on September 20, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (File) (Scott Olson, Getty Images)
A police officer stands guard outside a home where a man was shot in the chest in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the city's Westside on September 20, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (File) (Scott Olson, Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/01 10:31 am

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police said Tuesday that the Windy City had fewer homicides during the first six months of 2014 than normal -- but the number of shooting incidents and victims are above average.

Gun violence in Chicago has received increased national attention since 2012, when Chicago was the only city in the nation to record more than 500 homicides. 

The release of the crime statistics also comes as the Chicago Police Department has flooded the streets with hundreds of officers working overtime to combat the expected summer rise in violent crime.

Authorities said there were 172 homicides through June 30 — nine fewer than during the same period last year. The number of shooting incidents rose from 844 to 890 and the number of shooting victims rose from 1,030 to 1,115 for the same period.

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