Chicago has recorded more homicides this year than both New York City and Los Angeles combined, data shows.
According to Chicago police statistics, there have been 466 murders so far this year.
In comparison, New York City, which has more than three times the population of Chicago, has recorded 222 homicides, according to NYPD crime statistics posted Aug. 21. Los Angeles reported 176 homicides, according to data posted Aug. 20.
Chicago has also reported more than 2,300 shooting incidents this year. The Chicago Tribune, which has long been recording and analyzing city shootings and violence, said those shooting incidents involved more than 2,800 people shot.
That number also far surpasses those for both Los Angeles and New York City, which saw 729 people shot and 760 shooting victims, respectively.
In the last month alone, Chicago saw more than 400 people shot and at least 78 people killed, the Tribune reports, making it the most violent month in the city in almost 20 years. And it’s not over yet.
The last time the city saw a month that deadly was October 1997, when there were 79 homicides.
Police have blamed access to illegal guns, repeat offenders and not enough penalties for gun offenses for the city’s rising number of shootings.
“I’ve been saying for months now these repeat offenders are the ones driving violence in Chicago,” Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said Monday. “People spend more time pre-trial for retail thefts than they do for gun offenses and that’s ridiculous.”
Over the weekend, Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade spoke out about the city’s crime after his cousin, Nykea Aldridge, was fatally shot while pushing a stroller on the city’s South Side.
"The city of Chicago is hurting. We need more help& more hands on deck. Not for me and my family but for the future of our world. The YOUTH!" Wade tweeted Saturday morning.
Aldridge was among 10 people killed over the weekend. More than 50 others were wounded in shootings across the city, numbers Johnson called “unacceptable.”
"I gotta tell you, I’m so sick of every weekend talking about the murders that happen in the streets," Johnson said Sunday. "We have 1400 individuals that drive this gun violence in this city. This isn't a mystery. We've gotten very good at predicting who will be the perpetrators or victims of gun violence - these guys choose that lifestyle. But they continue it because we continuously show them there's no consequence.”