CHICAGO — More than 300 people were shot in Chicago in July. Usually one of the most violent months, this July was less bloody than it has been in recent years, and about the same as 2014.
There were 246 shootings between July 1 to 31, based on a DNAinfo Chicago analysis. In those incidents, 306 people were shot, 46 fatally.
While July tends to be one of the more violent months each year, the number of shootings this July was low compared to others in recent years. In July 2012, 349 people were shot in 291 incidents, the most of the decade so far. July 2013 was the least bloody July of the decade: 280 people were shot in 231 separate incidents.
Compared to last year, the number of total shooting victims decreased but number of homicides increased. In July 2014, 315 people were shot, 39 fatally, in 255 separate incidents.
Austin led the city's 77 community areas with the most shootings this July. In 19 Austin shooting incidents, 25 people were shot. Four of them died.
Other neighborhoods with double-digit shootings: Auburn Gresham, Grand Crossing, Humboldt Park, Back of the Yards and New City, North Lawndale and Roseland.
One block that hasn't seen any shootings this month is the 7500 block of South Stewart in Englewood, where a self-declared "army of moms" made their presence known starting June 23 to prevent retaliatory violence after 34-year-old Lucille Barnes was fatally shot. The moms promise to patrol the block (and a neighboring block) every night starting at 4 p.m. through Labor Day, but they say they'll need more volunteers and supplies to keep up the success.
Also this month, a filmmaker released a 17-minute documentary, "Brave in Chiraq," about the efforts of youth center members at Ark of St. Sabina to combat violence in Auburn Gresham.
Among some of July's shooting incidents were:
• Seven-year-old Amari Brown's July 4 fatal shooting sparked outrage in Chicago, both from top Chicago Police brass, who said the shooting could have been prevented, and from the local community. One man has been charged and another is sought in the shooting, which also injured a 27-year-old woman.
• The fatal shooting of Marvin Carr, also known as Capo, a close friend of controversial rapper Chief Keef. Police say following the daytime murder of Carr, they chased a suspect whose car ended up killing 13-month-old baby Dillian Harris. Dillian died and the suspect, Antoine Watkins, was charged with murdering the baby but not Carr, as of Friday.
Chief Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, has announced multiple benefit concerts in which he would perform via hologram for the family of Dillian Harris, but has failed to get political or venue support to do so.
• In West Garfield Park, five men were wounded in an incident. Police said the victims were all documented gang members.
• In Albany Park, a fatal shooting left 23-year-old Jeremy Spivey dead and wounded two others, including a 17-year-old boy. The shooting, near the intersection of Kimball and Sunnyside, sparked a neighborhood effort to take control of that corner.
• Three men were in a car when the stopped in traffic in Portage Park.
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