July Murders in Chicago Doubled Over Last Year

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Murders more than doubled last month in Chicago compared with the same month last year, from 44 to 105. The 406 shooting incidents last month were a 75 percent increase from the 232 reported in the same month-to-month comparison. The Chicago Sun-Times says the year’s homicide total as of Friday night was 430. Still, overall crime reported in the city has decreased this year.

Last month, 573 people were shot in the city — at least 58 of them juveniles, including a nine-year-old boy killed by gunfire Friday night as he played outside. The month’s youngest shooting victim was a three-year-old girl who was struck July 22 while riding in her family’s car. A day before that, the city saw the largest mass shooting in recent memory when 15 people were shot outside a funeral home. The month opened with a bloody Fourth of July weekend that saw 79 people shot across the city, 15 of them fatally. Three Chicago police officers were wounded when a man in custody opened fire Thursday morning at the Grand Central District station in Austin with a gun he had allegedly kept hidden when he was arrested. Officers returned fire, striking 25-year-old Lovelle Jordan, who faces attempted murder charges. Officers have seized more than 5,600 illegal guns and made 3,700 gun arrests so far this year—a five percent increase from last year. Overall crime has decreased nine percent.

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