As Chicago Homicides Surpass 600, City on Pace to Have the Deadliest Year in Two Decades

Chicago has seen an increase in homicides over the past year, and the city could be on pace to have the deadliest year in two decades.

Data released by the Chicago Police Department shows the city seeing at least 611 homicides from the beginning of the year through October 11. A tracker from the Chicago Sun-Times shows 616 homicides in the city throughout 2020, while another tracker from the Chicago Tribune shows at least 606 by October 9.

In 2019, the city saw its deadliest year in 19 years as there were 769 murders, 3,550 shooting incidents and 4,351 shooting victims, according to data released by the Chicago Police Department. The number of homicides in 2016 were the highest since 1996, when at least 796 were recorded.

The number of homicides in 2020 so far is on pace to surpass the number from 2016, as a tracker from the Chicago Tribune shows 605 homicides by October 10, 2020, compared to 593 at the same point in 2016.

Data from the Chicago Police Department also shows that as of October 11, the city's murder rate is a 52 percent increase from 2019, a 32 percent increase from 2018, a 12 percent increase from 2017 and a 6 percent increase from 2016.

In the week from October 5 to October 11, the city saw at least 15 murders and 87 shooting incidents, a 150 percent and 164 percent increase from 2019, respectively.

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Chicago police stand guard as demonstrators protest outside the department's 7th District station on August 11 in Chicago. The number of homicides in 2020 so far is on pace to surpass the number from 2016, which was the highest number since 1996. Scott Olson/Getty

Despite the increase in homicides, data from the Chicago Police Department shows a decrease in other crimes. According to the data, since 2019, criminal sexual assaults are down 24 percent, robberies are down 1 percent, burglaries are down 4 percent and theft is down 27 percent. Overall, the data shows all crime in the city being down by 7 percent from the previous year.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that on Tuesday 15 people were shot, with two of them fatally. According to the Sun-Times, police said the most recent fatal shooting left one man dead and a 13-year-old girl wounded on the city's West Side, while another woman was fatally shot earlier in the day on the city's South Side.

This past weekend, according to WMAQ-TV News in Chicago, police said there were at least four people killed and 41 others wounded in multiple shootings. According to the news outlet, police said that on Saturday, one man was fatally shot in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, while another was shot and killed on the 0 to 100 block of North Kedzie. One woman was also fatally shot on Saturday and another man was shot and killed on Friday night.

No one had been arrested for the shootings, as of Monday.

The Chicago Police Department report lists all homicides as murders. It is unclear at this time how many of these killings resulted in murder convictions.

Newsweek reached out to the Chicago Police Department for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.