NYC annual murder tally at record low
CHICAGO (MarketWatch) — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday that the city is on track to tally its fewest murders on record in 2012 while shootings have hit an 18-year nadir. There have been 414 slayings in New York so far this year, the lowest number since records began being kept in 1963. There were 548 homicides that year. The high-water mark came in 1990 with 2,245. “The fact that the safest big city in America is safer than ever is a testament to the hard work and determination of the men and women who put their lives on the line for us every day – and it also reflects our commitment to doing everything possible to stop gun violence,” Bloomberg said. Meanwhile, Chicago had its 500th murder of the year late Thursday, shy of the record 970 reached in 1974 but well ahead of last year’s pace.
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