Chicago’s 2016 homicide count surpasses total from 2015

CHICAGO -- There are four months left in 2016, and Chicago has already surpassed its homicide total from all of last year.

A shooting Wednesday night pushed the homicide total to 492 -- one more than the final total for 2015.

At about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, a 22-year-old man was shot near Buckingham Fountain.

The man was in the 500 block of South Columbus Drive when he started arguing with people who had gotten off a party bus. One of the people pulled out a gun and shot the man in the thigh. He was transported in fair condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Police questioned people on the bus, but so far no arrests have been made.

That incident followed the murder of a 33-year-old man in the 7300 block of South Rockwell Street in Marquette Park. The shooting happened around 1:15 p.m. Wednesday while the man was working on his car in front of his home. Someone approached the man and shot him in the head and chest. The man was transported in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he was later pronounced dead.

Just before 8 p.m. Wednesday, two 14-year-old boys were shot in the 1000 block of North Menard Avenue in the Austin neighborhood. Both boys are in stable condition at Stroger Hospital.

The police department says, August alone saw 90 murders, 384 shootings and 472 shooting victims.

Five police districts on the west and south sides accounted for the majority of the increase in the numbers.

-The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report