Thursday, January 2, 2020

Homicide in Pittsburgh drops to 20 year low

Homicides in Pittsburgh dropped by more than a quarter in 2019, the lowest the city has seen in more than two decades, according to data from city police and the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Pittsburgh police reported 37 homicides citywide, down 29% from the 52 homicides in 2018, reported the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.
The city has not seen a number that low since 1998, when 37 people were killed, according to Public Safety spokesman Chris Togneri.
The citywide total has been decreasing since a spike in 2014, a year that saw 70 homicides – nearly twice as many as the year prior.
Of those killed in Pittsburgh in 2019, all but four were men and all but three were shot to death. July saw the highest number of homicides with seven. There was only one in October, after which there were 32 days without a homicide.
Five victims were 18 or younger. Three weren’t old enough to vote.
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