Chicago has experienced the deadliest month after police recorded 90 murders, 384 shootings and 472 total shooting victims. The number of the murders in the city crossed the numbers of New York and Los Angeles combined.
Among these August’s victims were a 6-year-old girl who was wounded near her house; a 10-year-old whose twin held his hand as he waited for help; and Nykea Aldridge, a young mother and the cousin of the N.B.A. star Dwyane Wade, who was killed while pushing a baby stroller.
According to police statistics, Chicago is on pace for its highest overall murder count since at least 2008, when 513 were recorded in the entire year. Overall annual murders in Chicago hit a peak of 940 in 1992, and last topped 600 in 2003.
According to a study by the University of Chicago cited by police,” Nearly 40 percent of suspects arrested for homicide in 2015 had prior arrests for gun crimes. Police have pointed the blame also at gang members, many of whom have rap sheets and have committed repeat offenses using illegal guns.