Chicago averages 10 shootings a day, June crime stats show

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CHICAGO -- New statistics out Friday show there is an average of 10 shootings in Chicago a day.

There were 355 shootings and 429 shooting victims in June.

There were also 72 murders last month, up from 46 in June of 2015.

At the halfway point for the year, homicides citywide have jumped 49 percent, hitting levels unseen since the late 1990s.

Through June 19, Chicago had more homicide than New York City or Los Angeles combined.

Chicago police are blaming repeat offenders with illegal guns and ties to gangs. The CPD says it has taken more than 4,300 guns off the streets, a 30 percent increase from last year.

"We have very good gun laws in Chicago we just don't enforce them. Years ago you spent more time in jail for having parking tickets outstanding than you did for being in possession of a handgun," said Chicago FOP President Dean Angelo, Sr. "That's gotta change. When these individuals are out there in possession of a deadly weapon they need to pay the penalty for doing that and that sends a message that reverberates in the communities."

He says the Cook County court system is to blame for not enforcing the laws.

"They want to clear out the jail," he said.

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