2016 has become the deadliest year in Chicago over the past 15 years.
During 2016, 762 people were killed in Chicago, this is the highest figure for this city in the last 15 years.
The number of murders over the past year has increased by more than 50% compared to 2015 the year when 496 people were killed in Chicago, reports CNN.
Prior to that, for almost 10 years, rates were much lower.
Chicago homicide statistics for 2001-2016 years.
The statistics of some individual days are shocking. For example, on a weekend on Father's Day in Chicago, 12 people were killed, the same number was killed during the Christmas holidays.
If we compare the statistics on the number of homicides per 100 of thousands of people in large US cities, then Chicago is the undoubted leader, although at the beginning of 1990, the homicide rate in all cities was almost the same.
However, Chicago is not the bloody capital of the United States, the number of murders per 100 of thousands of population is much higher in smaller cities, such as St. Louis, Detroit and New Orleans.
Many believe that the problem is related to the possession of firearms in Chicago. The city has quite strict laws regarding the acquisition of weapons, but 60% of the pistols used in the shootings during 2016 were purchased outside Illinois - in Wisconsin or Indiana.
In 2016, 3550 shootouts were recorded in Chicago; 4331 people were injured.
Such high homicide rates did not go unnoticed by the elected President of the United States, Donald Trump, who several times mentioned the negative security situation in Chicago during his election campaign.
Trump said that if the mayor of the city, Ram Emanuel, did not take control of the situation, he would be helped by the federal security and law enforcement services.
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