District Homicides Rise in 2013

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By C.N. Staff Writer

Homicides in the District saw an increase in 2013. In 2012 the District recorded 88 homicides and 103 in 2013, largely due in part to the Navy Yard mass shooting in September, which claimed 12 lives. Without the Navy Yard shooting, the city still records 91 shootings.

2012 was the lowest recording of homicides in a single year, the lowest in more than half a century. According to the Washington Post ten years ago homicides were 248 and in 1993 there were 454. However, there were fewer gun robberies and assaults in 2013 but an increase in assaults involving guns, including shootings.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said that despite fluctuations, the District is continuing a long-term trend of reductions in killings and violent crime.

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