Homicides in Chicago this year double same period last year
Four homicides over the weekend and two more Monday morning pushed Chicago’s homicide count so far this year to double the same period last year.
The city has recorded at least 95 homicides since the first of the year, compared to 47 last year, according to data kept by the Tribune. The city has also more than doubled the amount of people shot - about 420 this year compared to 193 last year.
Thirty-two people were shot in Chicago over the weekend, the youngest among them a 3-year-old boy shot in the leg in the Englewood neighborhood.
The boy was shot as he played with a relative in the 5600 block of South Wolcott Avenue on Saturday afternoon. He was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.
Police said the boy apparently was hit by a stray bullet fired in a gang fight. No one was reported in custody.