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A 23-year-old man died in a shootout Monday night near a gas station at Schoolcraft and Outer Drive on Detroit’s west side, said Sgt. Cassandra Lewis of the Detroit Police Department.

Police say the victim and another man were shooting at each other around 11 p.m. The victim was struck and died from his injuries, while the other man escaped. Police don’t yet know if there was video of the incident, and don’t know what led to it, Lewis said.

Since crossing the 300 homicide-per-year mark in 1968 (389), Detroit has never fallen back below it. The closest it came was last year, when the number was 300.

At a press conference on Monday, police chief James Craig said homicides were down 1 percent, year over year, and violent crimes down 7 percent.

“I am not waving a flag of success, but a flag of progress,” Craig said at the time.

jdickson@detroitnews.com

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