Monday, February 01, 2016

Chiraq murders up 75 percent in January 2016

And this weekend five people were murdered and another 23 were wounded in Chicago.

From ABC Chicago:
The Chicago Police Department released the city's latest crime numbers overnight. January 2016 was the deadliest start to a year in 16 years.

There were 292 shooting victims in January 2016, compared to the first month of 2015, when there were 136. That's more than double. There were 51 murders in the first month of 2016, compared to 29 in January 2015. That's a 75 percent increase.

The city hasn't seen murder numbers like this since 2000. Chicago police said the uptick is mostly due to gang conflicts and retaliatory violence.

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