Chicago experienced its deadliest day by gunfire in more than a decade Wednesday after nine people were fatally shot and at least 13 others wounded in separate shootings, according to the Chicago Tribune. One of the fatalities included the accidental shooting of 11-year-old Antwone Price.
The Tribune reports the previous worst day occurred on July 5, 2003 when the City saw 10 homicides.
Homicides through Aug. 23 are at 294, a 20 percent increase. In Aug. 23, 2014, there were 244 homicides. There have been 1,535 shooting incidents this year, an 18 percent increase through Aug. 23. Last year at that date, there were 1,300 shooting incidents.
Robert Tracy, the department’s chief of crime control strategies, told the Tribune it was unusual for that many homicides to take place in so many different police districts.
“If you look at the numbers … these shootings took place in different parts of the city,” he said. “None of the shootings were connected. They were in eight different districts.”
“It’s unfortunate to have this many murders in one day,” Tracy said. “Is this the worst it has been? No. We’ve got to put it into perspective.”
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