CRIME

Baltimore homicide rate falls in January after deadly 2015

Baltimore's homicide rate fell in January for the first time since unrest in April.

Media outlets report that that the city recorded 14 killings in January. That's less than half of the 33 homicides in December and lower than the 25 in January 2015.

Last year, the city counted 344 homicides. That was Baltimore's second-highest homicide count on record. It also was the city's deadliest year on record per-capita.

Police Commissioner Kevin Davis says the decline in homicide rates last month bodes well for the rest of 2016.

Nonfatal shootings in the city have not decreased, however. As of Jan. 23, nonfatal shootings increased by 36 percent compared with the same period last year. There were 38 reported last month, compared with 35 in January 2015.