FBI: Crime dropped slightly last year

A man was shot and killed outside trendy PYT restaurant, located near the Piazza at Schmidt’s in the Northern Liberties section of the city. — PHOTO BY ABDUL SULAYMAN

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has released its preliminary crime figures that show both violent crimes and property crimes decreased nationally by slight percentages last year when compared to 2010.

According to the Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report, January–December 2011, violent crime fell 4.0 percent and property crimes also showed a decrease of 0.8 percent. On the national level, homicide was down 1.9 percent from 2010 and other violent crimes such as rape, aggravated assault and robbery all fell by 4.0 percent.

The preliminary Uniform Crime Report did show an increase in homicides in the nation’s Midwest of 0.6 percent and an 18.3 percent jump in murder in cities with populations of less than 10,000. The only overall rise in property crimes was in the burglary category, which was up .03 percent overall, with increases of 3.2 percent in the Northeast, 1.3 percent in the Midwest, and 0.7 percent in the West.

All of the final figures will be published this fall in Crime in the United States 2011.

Local homicide detectives said they have not determined the motives in a pair of deadly shootings that happened over the weekend.

On Sunday June 10, just after 12 a.m. in the 1000 block of North Hancock Street, near the trendy PYT restaurant, gunfire exploded. The victim, identified as Maurice Kimble, 24, was shot twice in the head and once in the groin by a still unknown assailant. Kimble was rushed to Hahnemann University Hospital where he was pronounced dead by physicians at 2:40 a.m.

At the filing of this story no arrests have been made.

On Saturday, June 9 gunfire was reported in the 600 block of Cobbs Creek Parkway in the 18th Police District at 7:53 p.m. When responding officers arrived at the scene they found the victim on the ground; he was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was identified as Jermaine Gailyard, 28, of the 5800 block of Hazel Street. Gailyard was rushed to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he was pronounced dead at 8:23 p.m. As of Tribune press time no suspects have been arrested.

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