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Jun 9, 2016 12:00 AM

Despite increase in reports of shots fired, Manchester police say crime is down

MANCHESTER — Despite almost 20 reports of shots fired since April 1, city police say that crime is actually down in Manchester.

"As of Monday, our Part 1 crimes are down 12% for the same time period as last year," said Manchester Police Lieutenant Brian O'Keefe. "It seems as if there is an uptick in crime due to the nature of recent calls involving shots fired calls. However, the crime statistics do not lie and show a downward trend."

O'Keefe did say, however, that the shots-fired reports are higher than usual.

"We have had approximately 18 shots fired calls since April 1, which is higher than normal," O'Keefe said. "But again, overall things are trending down."

In the past month, 2 police officers were shot, a man was killed during an afternoon shooting, an apartment building has been hit twice by bullets (it was also shot at in March, too), and there have been several other reports of shootings as well.

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