Shootings down 27% in Edmonton compared to this time last year: police

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Edmonton saw a 27 per cent drop in shootings compared to this time last year, police say.

So far in 2024, there have been 56 shootings, with February being the month with the most incidents at 14, police said in a news release on Tuesday.

From January to May 2023, there were 78 shootings, with May having 20 incidents alone.

May 2023 vs. 2024

The Edmonton Police Service investigated 10 shootings in May 2024, resulting in one person’s death.

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Of those 10 shootings, eight resulted in injuries and four had the potential for innocent bystanders to get hurt. Police believe five of the 10 shootings were targeted.

Compared to May 2023, shootings are down by 50 per cent, according to police.

“A 50 per cent decrease compared to May 2023 is significant, and we are hopeful this is an indicator of a continued decrease in shooting occurrences over the summer months,” Staff Sgt. Eric Stewart said in a release.

Police said they seized 70 firearms in May and 332 overall in 2024. This time last year, officers seized 521 firearms in the same period.

“The decrease in the number of firearms seized so far this year leaves us optimistic that our targeted efforts to reduce gun crime are working as intended,” Stewart said.

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