Last month was one of the least deadly Julys in decades.
Chicago’s murder total for July was the third-lowest since 1987 — a major turnabout from the first three months of the year when homicides skyrocketed, police officials said Wednesday.
Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said his strategies are beginning to drive down shootings and slayings.
Murders were up 66 percent, and shootings were up 40 percent over the first three months of 2012 — compared to the same period last year.
For the first seven months of 2012, though, murder was up 27 percent and shootings were up 6 percent, McCarthy said.
“A 6 percent increase is nothing to brag about, but it looks like incremental success — and the murder rate is following,” he said.