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  • Boston sees drop in homicides, but rise in shootings

    The Boston Globe - 06/16/2015

    Since 2000, the homicide total in the city has ranged from 39 to 75, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports. Looking at a shorter time period, like the first 5½ months of the year, produces even greater variation, said James Alan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern University.

    “Just because the homicide count is a fraction of what it normally is doesn’t mean we’ve eliminated murder from our streets,” said Fox. “I’d bet next year at this time it’s higher.”

    Fox said the circumstances of this year’s shootings and stabbings may have played a larger role in the lower homicide rate.

    “There’s a lot of luck involved,” he said. “Whether a shooting victim dies or not depends on where the wound is and how quickly the ambulance gets there.”

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