Shootings and homicides in Chicago are higher than this time last January, a month that marked the deadliest start to a year in the city in nearly two decades, the Chicago Tribune reports. As of early yesterday, at least 228 people had been shot in Chicago so far this year, a 5.5 percent increase from the 216 shot in the same period time last year. There were at least 42 homicides, up 23.5 percent from the 34 homicides in 2016. Last January closed with 50 homicides, the most for that month in the city in at least 16 years. The year ended with 783 homicides, the most since 1996.
This January has seen several violent weekends. Over the New Year’s weekend, 55 people were shot, five fatally. The next weekend saw a sharp drop, two killed and seven wounded. Over the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, 39 people were shot, 10 of them fatally. This past weekend 54 people were shot, six fatally. There were seven attacks that wounded three or more people.