CHICAGO — About 75 percent more people have been shot in Chicago this year compared to the same time period last year, data shows.
There have been 907 shootings in Chicago, killing 161 people and wounding 927 others, based on statistics compiled through Thursday from the Chicago Police Department and Illinois State Police.
Through the end of April last year there were 549 shootings, killing 103 people and wounding 526 others.
New Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson has said the department has been preparing for summer, traditionally the worst season for gun violence.
“Summer is coming and we need to hit the ground running,” Johnson said at a community meeting in South Shore earlier this month. “We’ve got some things in store.”
The shootings spike in April, about 21 percent higher than in April 2015, slowed down from the mayhem from earlier in the year that led to Chicago reaching 1,000 shooting victims earlier than any year this decade.
Among at least 222 shootings this April were:
• A shooting at Brudder's where bouncer Angel Ortiz was shot dead allegedly by a man kicked out of the Irving Park bar.
• A West Englewood porch shooting that killed two, wounded three others and might have been related to the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Martell Barrett in 2009.
• A police officer who was shot chasing a suspect in Little Village.
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