As October brought grim news that there have already been more homicides in Chicago as all of last year, police say they have encouraging news.
Chicago police said Thursday that there were fewer homicides this October than last October. There also were fewer homicides this October than in all but one October since 1982.
Police say there were 36 murders in October, 12 fewer than October 2011. The number of shootings fell to 208 compared to 231 in October 2011.
The police say the totals are evidence that their gang fighting strategy is working.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel praised police, but said the city has "more work to do" to make sure residents are safe.
This week the number of Chicago homicides passed last year's total of 435.