After a bloody first weekend in October, Chicago’s murder rate is now the highest it’s been for half a decade, and despite slight declines month-over-month, the city has now seen more than 600 homicides — a 50% increase from 2019 according to figures from the Chicago Police Department.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the city crossed the 600 homicide threshold last weekend after 53 people were shot and 5 were killed in a rash of city-wide violence. That’s a significant jump from the weekend before, where inclement weather kept many people at home, and only around 35 people were shot, though 5 people were killed.
“The CPD regularly posts statistics about crime in the city, both week to week and year to year. A look at recent stats shows that murder has risen in the city, doubling in the first week of October from the previous week with 15 murders, and the city is on track to hit around