- REUTERS/Jim Young
The number of gun deaths in Chicago this year has already surpassed the total for 2015, and it’s only September.
As of Wednesday, 425 people had been shot and killed in Chicago this year. In 2015, 424 people were killed by guns throughout the whole year, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing Chicago police department statistics.
Ninety people were killed in Chicago in August alone, making it one of the deadliest months for the city in the past 20 years, The New York Times reports.
Although Chicago’s struggle with violence is well known, the city was thrust again into the national spotlight after Nykea Aldridge, NBA star Dwyane Wade’s cousin and a mother of four, was shot and killed by two men on Sunday while she was walking her children to register for school. The men were allegedly aiming for someone else but shot Aldridge in the head and arm, according to Brendan Deenihan, the Chicago commander of area central detectives.
So far, gun deaths account for 91% of total murders in Chicago, according to The Journal. If these trends continue, gun deaths in Chicago will reach highs not seen since the early 2000s.