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Chicago Homicide, Shooting Numbers Decline, Police Say

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Police investigate the scene where a 15-year-old boy was shot and killed by police after he reportedly pointed a gun at officers during a foot chase on June 17, 2013 in Chicago. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) | Getty
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CHICAGO -- Chicago police say the city has seen a significant drop in the number of homicides and shootings during the first six months of 2013.

The department said Monday that there have been 184 homicides this year, 29 percent fewer than the 260 homicides during the same period in 2012.

The number is the lowest for the time period since 1965, police say. Chicago saw 500 homicides total in 2012.

Police also said there have been 843 shootings in the first six months of the year, down 25 percent from the 1,117 shootings during the same time period last year.

The department said Chicago officers have seized more than 3,500 illegal guns so far this year.

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