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Milwaukee police report drop in homicides during first part of 2013


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s largest city reports a drop in homicides for the first three months of the year.

Milwaukee Police said there were 15 murders from January through March, down from 19 a year ago. Only one of those 15 homicides remains unsolved.

All but three of the killings involved guns, and Police Chief Ed Flynn says he continues to support gun control measures like universal background checks, and stopping repeat criminals from carrying firearms.

Right now, Flynn says the young criminal mindset is that it’s more dangerous to be caught without a gun in Milwaukee than with it.

The Journal Sentinel keeps a database of Milwaukee homicides, and it has counted 22 so far – 7 more than the police figures. But the paper said 3 of its murders did not fit the FBI’s definition of criminal homicide. And autopsies are still pending in a couple other cases.