CHICAGO — Even while shootings have fallen from last year’s numbers, murder statistics in the city remain about the same.
From Jan. 1 through Friday night, there had been 1,385 shootings — a 12.1 percent drop from 2016, when the city faced sharp criticism for a spike in shootings. Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson pointed to a focus on technology and intelligence work in several South and West side districts as a cause for the drop.
But the number of people killed in shootings and the number of murders overall are largely flat compared to last year, and they remain significantly higher than in years past, according to a DNAinfo analysis. There were 82 murders in June, compared to 74 in June 2016 and 46 in June 2015.
So far in 2017, 335 people have been killed, with 302 of those victims shot to death.
By this point last year, there had been 329 people slain. In 2015, there had been just 220.
*Total number of murders not immediately available for 2010 and 2011.
“All of us who love this city were saddened and sickened with the level of violence last year, as shootings and murders spiked on the South and West sides,” Johnson said in his statement, which also ran as an op-ed in the Sun-Times.