Analyst predicted Chicago would reach 700 homicides earlier this year and they were correct. The Windy City has eclipsed that grim milestone with a month left to go in the year.
Chicago saw this staggering stat after experiencing its third deadliest month this year in November.
There were 77 murders in November 2016, compared with 38 homicide victims in November 2015, according to Chicago Sun Times.
This is the first time in nearly two decades that Chicago has passed 700 homicides, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Chicago reportedly recorded 704 homicides in 1998. There were 761 homicides in 1997.
There has also been a spike in the number of shooting victims. There have been 4,050 people shot, a 50 percent increase from 2,699 victims in 2015, the Tribune reports.
Chicago’s violence outpaces larger cities New York and Los Angeles, which have a combined total of 565 homicides.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who replaced former CPD Supt. Garry McCarthy last year, attempted to make sense of the senseless violence during an appearance on ABC7 News This Morning.
“It’s not the deadliest city in the country per capita. Our violent crime is in the middle of the pack. But we’re not going to argue that,” Johnson said. “These numbers are unacceptable. There’s a small subsection of individuals in this city that are driving this violence. So again, I just have to say, the police are doing their job. We’ve recovered over 7,600 illegal handguns. The police are out there engaging.”
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