Chicago’s top cop says violence not as bad as it seems

top copChicago’s top cop said the city’s deadly weekend wasn’t as bad as it seems when compared to last year.

There were seven murders from gunshots and other causes from 6 p.m. Friday until 12:01 a.m. Monday , according to the police department. Altogether, the city saw 10 shootings during that period, including victims who were wounded but did not die.

“That’s just not the way those numbers usually play out,” Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Tuesday, adding that as of Friday afternoon the murder rate had been down nearly 30 percent for the month when compared to last year. He said there had been 13 fewer shootings last week compared to the same week in 2012.

But the number of murders for the week compared to last year remained about the same.

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“Unfortunately that’s the way it goes sometimes … more people die percentage-wise from the shootings,” he told reporters at a news conference in which he spoke of a White House meeting where he and other officials discussed gun policy.

“By reducing the shootings you expect to reduce the murders,” he added, saying the number of deaths was “frustrating.”

On Tuesday, the number of murders kept rising.

Three people had been murdered Tuesday, and eight others had been…



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