Englewood shooting victim is 3rd murder of 2016

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CHICAGO – A man was shot and killed late Friday night in Englewood, becoming the third murder victim of the new year.

The 31-year-old man was  sitting in a parked car in the 6100 block of South Sangamon Street when a sedan pulled up and someone inside fired several shots.

Police say the man was hit multiple times and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Police say the shooting could be gang-related.

The murder follows was another violent year in Chicago.

According to the Chicago Police Department, there was an increase in homicides and shootings in 2015.

 Police say there were 468 homicides in 2015, about 50 more murders than in 2014.

The city had 2,939 shooting victims in 2015, an increase of about 300 than in 2014.

Interim Police Superintendent John Escalante says they are working to make changes within the department and despite the spike in violent crime, they are still having success fighting crime in other areas.

Police say major crime is down 37 percent since 2011.

For instance, police say robberies are down 32 percent and motor vehicle thefts are down 48 percent.

Despite reductions in overall crime, Chicago Police is trying desperately to regain public trust.

The release of the police dashcam video of fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald stunned the city and called into question police tactics.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy was fired in December.  The interim police city is revising police policies to empathize de-escalation.  The city wants every officer to carry a taser by June 1.

Despite all the attention given to police shootings, Chicago actually had fewer police-involved shootings than in recent years. Twenty-two people were shot by police in the city in 2015.

The Cook County Medical Examiner will release its official homicide total on Monday.