After Labor Day Weekend, Chicago Homicides Exceed 500 for 2016

Members of the Chicago Fire Department work on a gunshot victim at the scene of a double shooting in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago on Labor Day, Sept. 5, 2016.
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Over the Labor Day weekend, 65 people were shot in Chicago and 13 were killed, bringing the city’s homicide total this year so far to more than 500, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Out of the three holiday weekends this summer, Labor Day weekend was the city's deadliest. During Memorial Day weekend, 6 out of 69 shootings were fatal, and over the Fourth of July weekend, 5 out of 66 shootings were deadly.


According to the Tribune, homicides in Chicago have risen to levels that haven't been seen since the 1990s. In August, 90 homicides were recorded, tying the record for the most the city has seen in a single month since 1996.

Although Chicago is the third-largest city in the country, the homicides and shootings continue to outpace those of New York and Los Angeles, both of which are bigger and have a combined 409 homicides so far for 2016, a significantly lower number than Chicago's total.

After this weekend, the total number of homicides in Chicago stands at 512 for the year, and more than 2,930 people have been shot.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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