August Labeled As Bloodiest Month Chicago Has Seen In 20 Years


The month of August isn’t quite over yet, and so far over 400 people have been shot and 78 have been killed.

Of the 400 shot this month is a 10-year-old named Tavon Tanner who has undergone several operations to repair the damage from the bullet that tore through his body and remains lodged between his shoulder and his chest.

According to data provided by the Chicago Police Department, August 2016 will be marked as the most violent month the city has seen in almost 20 years.

The last time this city has seen a month this deadly was October of 1997, when there were 79 homicides. For the whole year, the count was 761, according to department numbers.

Chicago has recorded 487 homicides and more than 2,800 people shot so far this year. Last year there were 491 homicides and 2,988 people shot.

This year, Chicago has recorded more homicides and shooting victims than New York City and Los Angeles combined, even though the two cities are larger than Chicago’s population of roughly 2.6 million.

New York has more than three times the population of Chicago, and has recorded 760 shooting victims and logged 222 homicides, according to NYPD crime statistics through Aug. 21. In Los Angeles, a city of about 4 million, 176 people have been killed and 729 people shot, according to LAPD crime data through Aug. 20.

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