City hits tragic milestone: 500 homicides this year

40-year-old Nathaniel Jackson was pronounced dead early this morning  just hours after being gunned down outside this convenience store at Augusta and Lavergne Thursday night in the Austin neighborhood.

His violent death marks  500 homicides in Chicago this year.   It’s a number we haven’t seen since 2008.

Community activist Andrew Holmes was at the scene following last night’s deadly attack, one of about 400 he says he’s responded to this year..

Holmes, like many others, praises police superintendent Gary McCarthy’s initiatives to refocus police efforts on high crime areas.  Holmes says it’s up to the community and lawmakers to work to end the violence.

Overall however the homicide rate is up about 17% from last year, a statistic that doesn’t sit well with many Chicagoans.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel office released this statement today saying in part,  “Chicago has reached an unfortunate and tragic milestone, which not only marks a needless loss of life but serves as a reminder of the damage that illegal guns and conflicts between gangs cause in our neighborhoods.”

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