Chicago Reaches 500 Homicides

Chicago has hit a dismal milestone. A late night shooting has marked the city’s 500th homicide for the year.

40-year-old Nathaniel Jackson was shot on the city’s West Side around 9 p.m Thursday. He was pronounced dead shortly after midnight. The victim’s family has confirmed his identity.

Chicago Police say Jackson was shot in the head while standing outside a convenience store at Augusta Boulevard and Lavergne Avenue in the Austin Neighborhood.

One relative told WGN that Jackson had recently been released from jail and was living with a friend on the West Side.

Circumstances surrounding the shooting remain unclear. No arrests have been made.

2008 was the last time Chicago reached 500 homicides.

The Chicago Police Dept released a statement disputing the number saying,  “The Department’s official year to date 2012 murder total for the city of Chicago currently stands at 499, with one death investigation still pending classification. “

 

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    • Dan

      Jesse Jackson put his 2 cents in about gun control today on the news.He said that the cigaret companies are tacking responsibility for the people getting cancer for smoking.Now he wants the GUN MANUFACTURERS to take responsibility foe the people who get killed by there guns.HMMMMMMMM.Should the car manufacturers be responsible for for the dumb ass getting in the car drunk and killing people.The man is an idiot.

      • sobeit

        yep he is, gee how about the parents of these gang bangers be held responsiblie for 1) having kids, and I will presume out of ed lock, 2) for not teching them right from wrong, – and wheres the daddy… hey didn't Jesse have a child out of wed lock also, who's teaching him?

  • Public Safety Project

    Chicago’s high murder rate and severe gun control restrictions targeting law-abiding citizens are another example of how Gun Control INCREASES Violent Crime.

    The last 35 years of the most complete and accurate scientific research shows that Gun Control INCREASES Violent Crime and NEVER reduces crime, costing thousands of lives each year.

    There are at least 21 reasons why, or mechanisms through which, Gun Control INCREASES Violent Crime:

    http://PublicSafetyProject.org/blog/twenty-one-reasons-why-gun-control-increases-violent-crime/

    Public Safety Project
    PublicSafetyProject.org

  • pmorr

    500 homicides in 1 year is is horrible! The one individual who posted protect yourself and move – that sounds like a great idea. Maybe the big companies here should threaten to move also maybe then the city will do something about this, it sickens me every time I turn on the news there's a shooting where someone was killed. COME ON PEOPLE life is precious lets not let some idiot with a gun snuff it out in a second as if it were deer hunting season!

  • DEBRA HARRIS

    500 HOMICIDES IS TRULY HORRIBLE BUT IT IS SO SAD TO SAY THAT BY NEW YEAR'S EVE THEY WOULD HAVE AT LEAST ADDED 10 TO 15 TO THAT COUNT…THEY NEED TO CALL IN THE NATIONAL GUARDS OR SOMEBODY TO HELP TAKE BACK THE STREETS OF CHICAGO CAUSE THEY DEFINITELY CAN'T DO IT ALONE!!!! I LEFT CHICAGO 4 MOS. AGO TRYING TO STAY SAFE AND I HAVE NEVER BEEN A SCARY PERSON AND HAVE NEVER BOTHERED ANYONE I HAVE ALWAYS TRIED TO HELP OR ASSIST IN ANYWAY THAT I COULD TO HELP ANYONE, BUT YOU CAN'T EVEN DO THAT ANYMORE AND IT'S TRULY SAD AND DISTURBING….MAY GOD THROW HIS BLESSINGS DOWN OF PEACE AND SAFETY OVER THE WORLD…

  • sobeit

    Will someone of reason step up … guns do not kill people… PEOPLE WITH GUNS KILL PEOPLE – but these rappers and gang bangers think they can do what they want… because thier moma or daddy don't care.

    • Monty ellison

      We are asking the Gun Owners to please advocate the need to pass legislation for PAYING INSURANCE for each gun one owns. The problem is parents are giving their children the combination and telling them the location of the key to the lockbox, and might i add taking these children to the gun ranges. Yet, the moment their (gun owners) child kills, the parent and gun owners want sympathy but the dead person(s) killed by the parents inability to adequately secure the guns don't have insurance to bury their loved ones. Many of you Pro- gun advocates are using the one livers " "Guns don't kill people" but your jokes are not adding o the discussion or dialogue of how to keep all peoples children safe when they are out in society. We need a minimum coverage of $2-5,000.oo insurance on guns so victims families can get paid of of the liability.

      Laughing using catch phrases don't help. Adma Lanza the shooter in Newtowns mother was careless and she was a victim, but her death and those children deaths along with teachers wont be in vain. Cause now this one mother caused society so see that not only are guns bought online for souvenirs not registered and unable to be tracked, but parents really do give their minors access to gun lock boxes, and combinations. We can balance that out with requiring all gun owners to pay for Insurance on their guns. I bet the guns will start be locked up then

    • Tired of the Morons

      Amen. Like a gun gets up in the morning to kill someone. The apes and wetbacks get up and grab a gun to kill someone.

  • carlos santan

    Chicago's Police Commissioner really have no idea what they are doing at all. Racist and Bigots alike come on here and since their police officers they claim in gang bangers when we know the police are possibly involved in this conspiracy. Every time a new Superintendant of police come in to change anything chicago's police and union never supports them- so that means all around the country you have these top professional who has lowered crime with solutions come here and then all the new facts,data, resolutions get dwarted by police on the streets who are failing to get with the program. If this city wanted blacks and latino's to stop get murdered then it would increase the BUY BACK number for weapons. Surely people want money or visa gift cards then a gun, but the city is not paying the right prices because its not their children dying

    • Tired of the Morons

      Your an f'ing idiot. The hell with a buy back. Turn the cops loose to just eliminate the problem. Oh sure the murder rate would spike but we would get rid of the majority of the useless apes and wetbacks.

  • "Old Chicago"

    …The “Definition of Citizenship” is what is at stake.

    …”Self Government” doesn't exist everywhere else.

    …Many good men have died to preserve our rights.

    … Many good men are armed.

  • me109g4

    So chicago,, tell me again how that gun control thing is working out for you,, you have the strictest gun laws in the land, virtually no law abiding citizen (except the politicians) can carry a gun for self protection, so all you have left are the criminals carrying guns, and they dont obey all those laws you created. Are you seeing the picture yet? you all disarmed yourselves and expected the criminals to do the same, lol. You people are truly idiots Remember, the cops carry guns to protect THEMSELVES, not you. Evidently you dont consider your lives worthy of the same rights.

  • "Old Chicago"

    The Anti-gun lobby is just scared because it is loosing control. Their strict gun laws have not only harassed decent american people but they have failed to control crime. We are all citizens who want crime reduced and civil liberty restored, locally and across the country, without another Kent State.

    Respectfully.

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