The variety of shooting incidents throughout the town of Chicago for the month of July and over the previous seven months have outpaced the earlier 12 months, in accordance with new figures launched by police officers on Sunday.
The Chicago Police Division reports a complete of 461 shootings and 614 taking pictures victims for the month of July, up from 402 taking pictures incidents and 561 taking pictures victims throughout the identical interval in 2020.
These numbers convey the full because the starting of the 12 months to 1,973 taking pictures incidents and a couple of,471 taking pictures victims, in comparison with 1,779 incidents and a couple of,217 victims throughout the identical seven-month interval in 2020.
Chicago police reported 105 complete murders citywide in July, barely under the full of 107 in 2020. Roughly 90% of the murders have been attributed to gun violence, police officers mentioned. General, the town reported 445 murders over the past seven months, in comparison with 446 in 2020.
Chicago Police Division superintendent David Brown has not too long ago launched a brand new, 50-officer Gun Investigations Workforce in an effort to curb gun violence on the town’s streets. The workforce is tasked with tracing, monitoring, and arresting gunrunners, gun traffickers, and others concerned within the lethal enterprise of unlawful firearm gross sales.
To this point, officers have recovered greater than 7,289 weapons in 2021, up 28% over this time final 12 months, together with greater than 368 assault weapons. Officers additionally made 3,477 gun arrests by means of July 31, a 23% enhance in comparison with 2020. Within the first seven months of the 12 months, 36 Chicago Cops have been shot at, with 9 of these officers struck by gunfire.
The division is on tempo to get well greater than 12,000 weapons by the top of 2021.