McCarthy: We have a plan to reduce crime in 2013

McCarthy: We have a plan to reduce crime in 2013

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Chicago has already logged a couple of murders in the new year.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, who gets a text or email every time there's a shooting or homicide in the city, has a goal in 2013: get Chicago's murder rate down.

FOX 32 News spoke with the superintendent about the number of people killed last year in the city and the three people killed Tuesday---marking the first shooting fatalities of the new year.

Just four hours into the new year, the first fatal shots were fired on the West Side. Octavius Lamb, 20, was shot in the chest and his body was found in an alley.

McCarthy says he's not making a resolution---not even a promise---but because of changes in leadership and new commanders in high crime districts in 2013, he expects this year's murder rate will be lower.

"In 2013, we've got the plan. We've got the resources we've got the right people driving the bus and the fact is we've got momentum going into 2013," McCarthy told FOX 32's Darlene Hill. "In the first six months of 2012, we seized three guns to every one that the LAPD seized and nine guns for every one that the NYPD seized."

McCarthy says guns and gang violence are key factors in Chicago's high murder rate. He says last year, his department arrested 7,000 more gang members than in 2011and there were still 506 homicides in Chicago compared to 418 in New York.

McCarthy says murders could be reduced with tougher gun laws in Illinois.

"The ongoing violence happening in the inner cities in this country fueled by gun violence because of gun laws that facilitate purchased illegally and transferred illegally and ending up in criminals hands are killing people every single day."

Until gun laws are changed in Chicago, McCarthy says he'll be patient. He says he's already seen a reduction in shootings in Chicago's high crime districts on the South and West Sides.

"I say all the time---there's no such thing as an acceptable murder rate. If we cut it down to 300 that would be a great improvement…that would be like a 40% reduction," McCarthy says. "But really, even 300 murders is nothing to celebrate in my book."

McCarthy says his personal resolution is to work harder this year. He goes out on the streets, hitting those high crime areas. He says he listens to the scanners and the officers working those beats.

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