August homicides down sharply from July
Citywide homicides and shootings in August were down from July’s totals, according to data collected by Chicago police.
Despite the month-to-month drop in violence, Chicago has seen a 50% jump in murders this year compared with 2019.
Chicago has had 505 murders so far in 2020, compared with 333 murders under the same time frame in 2019, according to CPD statistics. The total this year so far is nearly the same as all of last year.
At least 63 of the murders this year happened in August, according to Sun-Times records. That’s a 40% decrease from July, while the number of shootings decreased by 15%, Chicago police said in a news release Tuesday.
Last month, 481 people were shot, including at least 39 who were under 18, according to Sun-Times records.