2016 marked Chicago’s deadliest year for gun violence in almost two decades, according to data released by the Chicago Police Department. This represents more than New York and Los Angeles combined.
Chicago saw a huge increase of 57 percent from 2015 in gun violence during 2016. Chicago 2016 figures show 762 murders, 3,550 shooting-related incidents, and 4,331 shooting victims, Superintendent Eddie Johnson said during a press conference on Sunday.
Attacks on Chicago police officers also nearly doubled in 2016, which represents a “completely unacceptable rise in violence,” Superintendent Johnson said. Johnson did not state actual figures for attacks on Chicago police officers.
Most deaths and shooting incidents, which jumped from 2,426 in 2015 to 3,550 in 2016, occurred in just five neighborhoods on the city’s South and West sides, all poor and predominantly black areas where gangs are most active. Police said the shootings in those areas generally wasn’t random, with more than 80 percent of the victims having previously been identified by police as more susceptible because of their gang ties or past arrests.
During the last week of December 2016, Chicago Police investigated 27 shooting incidents, 12 of which were fatal.
60 shot, 11 killed over holiday weekend in Chicago, police say – WGN https://t.co/0mBCwqMHWY
— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) December 27, 2016
In the first 24 hours of 2017, three people have been reported killed and a further 25 shot and wounded.
New Year’s Day Gun Violence
1:05 a.m. 5500 W Drummond, Belmont Cragin, Male/19
1:05 a.m. 5500 W Drummond, Belmont Cragin, Male/21
1:40 a.m. 2300 W Jackson, Near West Side, Male/23
2:00 a.m. 4400 S Indiana, Grand Boulevard, Male/20
2:00 a.m. 4400 S Indiana, Grand Boulevard, Female/31
2:00 a.m. 4400 S Indiana, Grand Boulevard, Male/33
2:15 a.m. 200 W Pershing, Armour Square, Male/22
2:15 a.m. 9500 S State, Roseland, Female/29
2:20 a.m. 200 W 71st, Englewood, Female/26
2:30 a.m. 9200 S Parnell, Washington Heights, Male/24
2:30 a.m. 12000 S State, West Pullman, M/Age not yet released
3:45 a.m. 11200 S Longwood, Morgan Park, Male/19
3:45 a.m. 11200 S Longwood, Morgan Park, Male/20
3:45 a.m. 11200 S Longwood, Morgan Park, Male/21
3:55 a.m. 200 W 63rd, Englewood, Male/26
4:30 a.m. 4600 N Broadway, Uptown, Male/25 (Homicide)
4:30 a.m. 4600 N Broadway, Uptown, Male/38 (Homicide)
5:30 a.m. 4800 S Racine, New City, Male/52
5:55 a.m. 4600 W Monroe, Austin, Male/39 (Homicide)
11:15 a.m. 5100 W North, Austin, Male/27
12:05 p.m. 9900 S Halsted, Washington Heights, Male/15
3:50 p.m. 13000 S Indiana, West Pullman, Male/31
7:30 p.m. 100 N Wolcott, Near West Side, Male/12
7:30 p.m. 100 N Wolcott, Near West Side, Male/16
9:40 p.m. 4122 W 15th, North Lawndale, Female/48
10:55 p.m. 5100 W Madison, Austin, Male/26
10:55 p.m. 5100 W Madison, Austin, Male/31
10:55 p.m. 5100 W Madison, Austin, Male/19
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Listen: Former Chicago police chief tears into Black Lives Matter, blaming them for rising crime https://t.co/GVhwXkb8AQ
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) January 1, 2017
As part of plan to combat the rising homicide count, Chicago Police Department said in the statement that it will amp up its force during 2017.
During the press conference, Superintendent Johnson stated that not all 2016 figures were negative. Chicago police officers made 10 percent more gun-related arrests in 2016 and confiscated 8,300 guns, a 20 percent increase from 2015.
Crime In Your Neighborhood Mapped: See How Crime In Chicago Has Changed: Our map shows crime by Chicago Police beat… https://t.co/sNW8NBwnPe
— Roscoe Village News (@roscoe_village) December 23, 2016