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N.Y. murders, shootings hit new low

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Murders and shootings in New York have dropped to a new low, the mayor’s office announced Tuesday, as the city’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy comes under fire in the mayoral race.

A statement from Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office announced that up until Aug. 25 this year, 213 people had been murdered compared to 290 in the same period in 2012.

Murders committed with firearms plummeted 29.7 percent, and there were 708 shootings compared to 957 last year.

The figures show that New York, once one of the world’s most violent cities, is on track for a new record after 2012 saw the “lowest number of recorded murders and lowest number of recorded shootings in city history.”

In 2012 there were 419 murders and 1,374 shootings.