Saturday, September 5, 2015

Violence touching unlikely communities in Chicago - Chicago Tribune

Through Sept. 3, homicides have jumped to nine in the Albany Park police district, up from just two in the year-earlier period, according to data from the Police Department. Shooting incidents have more than doubled to 23 from nine in the district, which includes the Irving Park and Ravenswood Manor neighborhoods on the city's Northwest Side.

In addition, the South Loop's Central police district didn't record a single homicide at this point last year but has seen three so far this year. Even in the Town Hall police district, which includes the Uptown, Lakeview, Wrigleyville and Lincoln Square neighborhoods, the number of homicides tripled to six so far this year, up from two a year earlier.

A bloody end to the summer pushed the rise in homicides to 23 percent by Thursday, up from a 14 percent increase as of June 1. On Wednesday alone, eight people were shot to death in homicides, the most in a single day in Chicago in more than 12 years.

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