Chicago homicides up nearly 60% in 2012

Police blame street gangs for increase in violence, nonfatal shootings also up

By Jeremy Gorner
Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — Homicides in Chicago soared by 60 percent in the first three months of 2012, continuing a troublesome trend that began late last year. Nonfatal shootings also rose sharply in the first quarter, Police Department statistics show.

The worsening violence comes as the Emanuel administration touts its efforts to combat gang crime and add officers and resources to some of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods.

Chicago police blame street gangs for much of the violence. Another contributing factor for the rise in homicides was the unseasonably warm weather this past winter, according to criminologists, but Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy scoffed at that explanation earlier this year.

Full Story: Chicago homicides soar in first quarter of 2012

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