Chicago murder rate jumps in May 2016 compared to May 2015


Chicago Police work the scene of a fatal shooting on the 3200 block of West Irving Park Road on Jan. 16, 2016. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

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CHICAGO — The murder rate in Chicago jumped in May compared to the same time last year.

The Chicago Police Department just released crime statistics for last month.

There were 66 murders in May — compared to 46 in the same month in 2015.

CPD says there were 397 shooting victims last month.

They’re blaming the violent crime on repeat criminals tied to gangs with illegal guns.

CPD says murder arrests were up four percent last month.

Superintendent Eddie Johnson says work must be done to keep the repeat offenders in jail and off the streets.


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