CHICAGO – Chicago Police have released new crime statistics and the numbers show the first quarter of 2016 is the deadliest start to a year the city has had in nearly two decades.
There were 141 murders in Chicago between January 1, 2016 and March 31, 2016. That’s the deadliest since 1999 when there were 134 over the same time period.
Compared to 2015, the number of murders in the first three months of the year is up 72 percent.
The total number of shootings is up as well. There have been 677 shootings this year compared to 359 in 2015.
At that rate, the city could be on course to top 500 murders this year. It would be the second time since 2008. The last time was 2012.
Year-over-year increases did slow down in March compared to January and February.
Murders rose 29 percent last month compared to March 2015.
Overall there were 45 murders, 271 shootings and 319 shooting victims in March.
Murders in January 2016 rose 75 percent from the year before. February murders rose 126 percent over the same month in 2015.
“While CPD will remain tireless in its efforts to hold criminals accountable for their actions, we all have a part to play in creating a safer Chicago,” said Chicago Police Interim Superintendent Eddie Johnson. “In the coming weeks and months, I plan on meeting with and listening to a range of Chicagoans – from activists and elected officials to ministers and parents — to find ways that we can come together to build mutual trust and lasting partnerships that will make our streets safer for everyone.”