05/30/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Recent Killings In LA. Nearly Erase Gains In City's Homicide Rate

A recent series of killings in Los Angeles has nearly erased impressive gains made this year on the city's homicide rate, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday.

Over the last 11 days, 19 people have been killed. The bloodshed brings the number of killings this year to 70, Beck said during his weekly crime briefing to the Los Angeles Police Commission. Before the rise in violence, the LAPD had been posting double-digit decreases in the homicide rate compared to last year, in which a record low 314 people were killed. Now, the city has experienced only two fewer killings compared to the same period last year.

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