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Chicago homicides up 60 percent in first 3 months

CHICAGO (WKOW) -- Chicago homicides spiked by 60 percent in the first three months of the year despite increased police resources in some of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods.

According to a Chicago Tribune report, police statistics show nonfatal shootings also rose sharply in the first quarter.

Chicago police and Mayor Rahm Emanuel say the city has increased efforts to combat gang crime, including adding officers and other resources to trouble spots.

Statistics show there were 120 homicides from January 1 through April 1, compared to 75 in the same period in 2011.

Experts say it's too early to draw hard conclusions from the early data, warning it could be misleading, but the unseasonably warm weather might have contributed because more people are outside.

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