Newark celebrates 1st murder-free month since '66

April 1, 2010 4:07:00 AM PDT
Mayor Cory Booker can point to a major milestone in the city of Newark. For the first time since 1966, Newark is marking its first full month without a murder.

Police Director Garry McCarthy says the last time the city went through a calendar month without a murder was in May 1966. Two years ago, the city went 43 days spanning parts of January and February without a murder.

Ten people have been murdered in the city in the first quarter of 2010, the same number as last year but the second-lowest since 1941.

Other violent crimes are down an average of 14 percent compared to a year ago, and McCarthy said Wednesday that shooting incidents are down 18 percent.

McCarthy attributed the decreases to progress by the police in combatting the narcotics trade.