Six months into the year, more than 1,000 people have been wounded or killed by gunfire in Chicago, reports the Chicago Tribune, adding, “And this is an improvement.” The Tribune has kept track of every shooting victim in Chicago for more than a year and built a unique database. Tribune reporters and photographers covered scores of those shootings, often arriving while victims are still on the scene, sometimes talking, sometimes covered by a sheet.
The data and the on-the-scene reporting tell a story beyond the up or down of crime trends, but show the inexorable toll of violence, which the Tribune summarizes as, “Neighborhoods weary of yellow crime tape. Children who learn to duck when they hear a pop. Mothers terrified they might lose yet another son.” One boy, 10, cannot sign up for a football program this summer because he might dislodge the bullet lodged in his gut.