Shootings in Austin down this summer

The number of people shot this summer is down by almost 72% in Austin compared to last year, Chicago Police 15th District’s Commander Andre Parham said at this month’s 15th District faith-based meeting.

The number of people shot in the 15th District is down to 19 from 67, between May 30 and Aug. 2, according to police data shared by Parham. 

Parham also said there have been fewer shooting incidents –instances where a shooting was reported, but there may have been multiple victims. This summer just 13 shooting incidents were reported between May 30 and Aug. 2, down from 48 shooting incidents last year. 

“A reduction like that is not seen … it’s nothing short of historic,” the commander said. He thanked West Side faith leaders, adding “it’s not the 15th District’s success, it’s all of us together.”

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