- Associated Press - Monday, May 9, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - The city of Detroit had its second-worst weekend of violence this year with seven deaths, mostly in shootings, and injuries to more than a dozen people, the police chief said Monday.

Chief James Craig said crime by the numbers is declining, but he lamented that Detroit residents “have become desensitized to violence over the years.”

“I just know it was almost an acceptance if you will, ‘Well, Detroit’s going to be violent,’” Craig told reporters. “I’m suggesting that that’s not the way life should be. We’re moving in the right direction.”

Six people were killed in shootings, from Friday through Sunday, and a seventh person found in a car was fatally cut. The injured include a 9-year-old boy who wounded himself while showing a gun to his mother on Mother’s Day.

There were at least 17 different crime scenes.

Craig said there have been 96 homicides in Detroit this year, the same number at this point in 2015 but down from 2013.

“I’ve said time and time and time again, one homicide is one too many. … So shame on you if you know something and you’re not saying anything because you’re part of the problem,” the chief said.



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