Chicago saw a dramatic increase in homicides and shootings in the first seven months of 2020 and a particularly remarkable increase in July, reflecting a growing trend in the U.S. that raised questions about potential police reform in significant cities.
Homicides through June 2020
Data released showed that Chicago saw 440 homicides between January 2020 through the end of June, a 52 percent increase from the same period last year (which saw 290 homicides). Shooting victims similarly increased by 51 percent (1,480 to 2,240), and shooting incidents themselves rose 47 percent (from 1,210 to 1,783).
In July 2020
July 2020 was incredibly violent for Chicago, as the city recorded 105 homicides and 584 shootings. Among them was a 9-year-old boy who was killed Friday when someone opened fire in the direction of several people, including him and his friends, according to police. The morning prior, three Chicago police officers were shot just outside a police station. Fox News reported.
Through October 2020
Year to date analysis through October 26th, 2020, shows that 648 victims were shot and killed. The majority of the victims of homicide in Chicago are young, black men.