Au­gust homi­cides down sharply from July

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - Carly Behm, Jer­maine Nolen

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.

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