With 3 days left in the month of August, the city of Chicago has recorded 84 homicides making it the deadliest month since October 1996 when 85 homicides were committed. In fact, as the Chicago Tribune points out, YTD through August, Chicago has recorded more homicides than New York City and Los Angeles, combined. So far Chicago has recorded 487 homicides in 2016 compared to 222 in New York and 176 in Los Angeles. This staggering data comes despite the fact that Chicago's total population is roughly 20% the size of New York and Los Angeles.
This weekend was one of the most violent of the year in Chicago and one which claimed the life of Dwyane Wade's cousin, Nykea Aldridge. Aldridge was reported to be pushing her baby in a stroller in the 6300 block of South Calumet Avenue when two men approached and began shooting at man walking near her.
HeyJackass! has the latest statistics on violent crime in Chicago. So far through the month of August Chicago has recorded 439 total shootings and 84 total homicides.
Meanwhile, for the full year so far Chicago has recorded 2,858 total shootings and 487 total homicides.
Sunday proved to be such a violent day that the number of shootings actually exceeded the scale of the HeyJackass! chart.
With 3 days left in August the city has already exceeded the original estimate of 470 homicides for the YTD period through 8/31. Moreover, the city is on the verge of surpassing the 509 homicides recorded for the full year of 2015, despite having 4 months left in 2016.
Homicides remains concentrated in Chicago's notoriously violent south and west side neighborhoods but, as we noted recently (see "Chicago Violent Crime Spreading To The "Safe" North Side Neighborhoods"), seems to be spreading to the "safe" north side neighborhoods as well.