CHICAGO (SUN TIMES MEDIA WIRE) - Chicago is poised to see the number of homicides in July dip from June, but the city is still on pace to see more people killed in 2016 than last year.
There were 65 homicides in Chicago in July, according to Chicago Police. There were 71 homicides in the city in June and 66 in May.
The city has recorded 381 homicides so far in 2016, police said. That’s up about 44 percent from last year, when the city had 264 murders through July 31, 2015.
Police said 2,394 people were shot in the city so far in 2016, including 441 in July. In the same time period last year, 1,564 people had been shot through July 31, 2015.
The homicide count kept by the Sun-Times and the police department does not include fatal shootings by police. On Thursday night, 18-year-old Paul O’Neal was shot and killed by police in the South Shore neighborhood.