Parkland shootings contribute to a rise in Florida murders

Parkland shootings contribute to a rise in Florida murders
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) People attend a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Wednesday shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, was charged with 17 counts of ...

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The school shooting that left 17 dead drove up the number of Florida murders during the first six months of 2018 compared to the same period last year.

Overall, the number of Florida crimes in the first half of the year dropped by 8 percent. But the Florida Department of Law Enforcement reported 545 murders, including the 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

That compares to 531 murders in the first half of 2017.

Guns were used in 419 of Florida's murders in the first half of this year, or 77 percent of the total.

Robberies were down 10.8 percent, and burglaries were down 18.2 percent.

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