CHICAGO (SUN TIMES MEDIA WIRE) - November 2016 saw 77 murder victims in the city, making it the third-deadliest month of the year, according to Chicago Police.
October saw one more murder, with 78 victims, making it the second-deadliest month. The highest death toll of the year so far was in August, when more than 90 people were killed in the city.
November closed with a total of 316 shooting incidents and 389 shooting victims, according to police, who claim the increase in violence is driven by five police districts on the South and West sides.
November also saw the city pass the grim milestone of 700 homicides this year, the first time that mark was reached since 1998. Through the end of November, the year had recorded 714 homicides, according to Sun-Times records.
Through Nov. 30, the city has had a total of 4,048 shooting victims in 3,315 shooting incidents in 2016, according to police.
“The levels of violence we have seen this year in some of our communities is absolutely unacceptable,” police Supt. Eddie Johnson said in a statement.
“CPD will use every tool available to hold violent offenders accountable and will continue to work strategically to address crime and uphold its commitment to rebuild public trust,” Johnson said.
According to police, as violence has risen this year, so have the number of guns recovered. In the first 11 months of the year, Chicago Police recovered nearly 8,000 guns, a 20 percent increase over 2015.
Gun arrests are also up about 8 percent compared to the same period last year, according to the department.