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2016 in Chicago: 762 homicides, more than 3,500 shooting incidents

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 04: A Chicago police officer guards the perimeter of a crime scene where six people were found slain inside a home on the city's Southwest Side on February 4, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Last month Chicago recorded 51 homicides, the highest toll for the month since at least 2000. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 04: A Chicago police officer guards the perimeter of a crime scene where six people were found slain inside a home on the city's Southwest Side on February 4, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Last month Chicago recorded 51 homicides, the highest toll for the month since at least 2000. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

CHICAGO — Chicago marked 2016 as the deadliest year in 19 years, data released by the Chicago Police Department shows.

The city saw a surge in gun violence in 2016: 762 murders, 3,550 shooting incidents, and 4,331 shooting victims, according to a statement released by the department on Sunday.

There were 480 murders in 2015, the most in the city since 1997.

The bloodshed has brought trauma to the lives of thousands of people.

City police investigated 27 shooting incidents, 12 of which were fatal, just in the last week of December 2016.

Attacks on police officers nearly doubled in 2016, which represents a “completely unacceptable rise in violence,” the release said.

Police fight back

As part of plan to combat the rising homicide count, the Chicago Police Department will amp up its force in 2017.

In August, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner passed a gun control law that imposes stiffer penalties on anyone without a gun-owner identification card who brings a gun into the state intending to sell it.

Not all figures were negative. City officers made 10% more gun arrests in 2016 and confiscated 8,300 guns, a 20% increase from 2015, the release said.

5 comments

  • deletedagain

    8300 illegal guns confiscated in 2016. With all the gun laws in Chicago there is a prime example that taking firearms from honest citizens is not going to stop the killing. When you take the guns away from the criminals successfully then worry about getting the other guns.

  • Realist

    “Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner passed a gun control law that imposes stiffer penalties on anyone without a gun-owner identification card who brings a gun into the state intending to sell it.”

    So, that is identified as the source of all their problems? My goodness libs are 100% completely clueless.

  • brooke williams

    It’s ironic. Obama and liberals are silent on the 2,700 blacks who shot each other in Chicago in 2015. Blacks shoot each other like it’s an Olympic sport and Obama is silent.. Including CONSTANTLY shooting their own women and children.

    Obama is the biggest threat to the American way of life…Obama hates white people, Americans, the Constitution, and free market capitalism. He destroyed our economy with measures like the ACA and immigration amnesty. The “Affordable” Care Act has been nothing short of a disaster. My health insurance bill is up to $450/month. (Compare this to my $25/month auto insurance from Insurance Panda or my $10/month renters insurance… both private enterprise!) Stay out of our lives, Obama!

    And he wants to grab guns from white people. Keep your hands off us!

    Black shootings are unending and constant.

    Obama doesn’t care about black children and babies shot by other blacks. He just waits for a white guy to shoot someone then acts appalled.

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