Chicago’s police department unveiled a new “gun investigations” team following a spike in crime following yet another weekend of violence that saw at least 50 people shot and 11 killed.
So far, Chicago has seen more than 2,000 shooting victims this year, according to the Chicago Tribune — 164 more victims than there were at the same point in 2020. The Tribune’s tracking project also reports that there have been more than 300 homicides this year, 5 more than in 2020, which was one of the most violent years in Chicago’s recent history.
Chicago police, like the Biden administration, now says it will focus on illegal guns, with a new 50-officer team targeting “straw purchasers” — those who purchase weapons from unlicensed, unregulated retailers or from other individuals.
“In an effort to combat crime, Supt. Brown announced Monday the launch of the gun investigations team. It will be comprised of 50 officers who will be targeting straw purchasers trafficking illegal guns throughout