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updated: 3/19/2014 10:18 AM

Chicago Police: Gang-related shootings down in '14

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Chicago police say gang-related shootings are on the decline, thanks to a targeted strategy to reduce violence.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports Superintendent Garry McCarthy says there've been 188 "shooting incidents" in the city through March 14 this year. About 48 percent were gang-related.

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That compares with 2013, when there were 267 such incidents, 61 percent of which were connected with gangs. And in 2012, there were 343 shooting incidents. About 65 percent of those were gang-related.

McCarthy says "it's not an accident, it's not the weather -- it's a trend."

Police are doing "gang audits" on the city's 600 gang factions and their members. Commanders are also knocking on doors of people who they believe are at risk of getting involved in violence and offering them job training information.

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