LOS ANGELES (AP) — A decrease in the Los Angeles homicide count has the city on track to finish the year with fewer than 300 killings.

Police Chief Charlie Beck said during a Town Hall luncheon Thursday that there’s been an overall 7.5 percent decline in all categories of serious violent and property crime.

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And the year may finish up with a 75 percent decline in killings since the bloody early 1990s. In 1992, nearly 1,200 people were killed in the city.

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The Los Angeles Times says 216 people have been killed at the hands of another so far this year. That compares with 236 homicides during the same period last year, which ended with 314 killings.

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