As of February 28, Chicago has seen 517 shootings since the beginning of 2017. The number shows 37 more shootings than there was for the same time frame in 2016. The 517 shootings included 103 murders, which is two more than 2016 saw during the same time period.
It was expected that the homicide rate for 2016 in Chicago would rise. It was also anticipated that the homicide rate for the country’s 30 biggest cities would go up some 14 percent but instead, it rose to 43.7 percent solely because of the gun violence in Chicago. The final numbers for 2016 in Chicago were 4,400 shooting victims and nearly 800 homicides.
The final numbers for Chicago’s gun violence in 2016 were so off the charts that it skewed the numbers and forecasts as a whole. But, 2017 looks like it will be even more deadly than the prior year. Adults are not the only ones subjected to the violence. Among those killed was a two year old boy who died after being shot while he sat in a car with his aunt.