A Grim Chicago Milestone: Most Violent Month in 20 Years

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With two days to go, August has been the most violent month in Chicago in nearly 20 years, with 400 people shot and at least 78 killed, reports the Chicago Tribune. The city hasn’t seen a deadlier month since October of 1997, when there were 79 homicides. Chicago has recorded 487 homicides and more than 2,800 people shot so far this year, compared to 491 homicides and 2,988 people shot all of last year, according to Tribune data. Chicago has a lower homicide rate than many other U.S. cities that are smaller in population. But the city this year has recorded more homicides and shooting victims than New York City and Los Angeles combined, even though the two cities are larger than Chicago’s population of roughly 2.6 million.

New York, with more than three times the population of Chicago, has recorded 760 shooting victims and logged 222 homicides, according to NYPD crime statistics through Aug. 21. In Los Angeles, a city of about 4 million, 176 people have been slain and 729 people shot, according to LAPD crime data through Aug. 20. The gun violence in Chicago has been concentrated on the South and West sides that have lost population over the years as other areas have grown.

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