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Bloody July Sees Spike In Chicago Gun Violence As Shootings Up 45 Percent

By Kelly Bauer | August 2, 2016 11:29am
 Shootings were up 45 percent this July, leaving 439 people killed or wounded.
Shootings were up 45 percent this July, leaving 439 people killed or wounded.
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CHICAGO — It was a violent July for Chicago, with shootings rising 45 percent compared to last year.

About 439 people were killed or wounded in 360 shootings this July, according to a DNAinfo Chicago analysis. Last year, there were 307 victims in 247 shootings.

Homicides are also up, with at least 66 people killed this year compared to the 55 killed last July. At least 61 victims this year were killed in shootings.

Here's a breakdown of our data on shootings going back to 2010:


Throughout the year, police have said there is a relatively small group behind the rise in gun violence and have called for harsher sentences for repeat gun crime offenders. Police have said they have recovered 5,000 guns so far this year, a 25 percent increase from this time last year.

"CPD officers are doing their jobs by recovering illegal guns and putting offenders in jail," said Supt. Eddie Johnson at a news conference this weekend. "These people oftentimes get out far too soon to commit the same violent crimes over and over."

A look at some of this month's violence:

• On July 27, 16-year-old Jessica Williams had a fatal asthma attack while running away from a shooting that left two people dead and two wounded.

• On July 26, Africa Bass, 23, was shot and killed on the day of her son's birthday.

• On July 25, former high school basketball star Jonathan Mills was shot to death.

• On July 19, 6-year-old Tacarra Morgan was shot while on her family's porch in Englewood. Morgan survived and has returned home.

• The Fourth of July weekend saw four people shot to death and 62 wounded.

Shootings have risen significantly every month this year so far. Here's a look at violence each month:

June: 'An Orlando Every Month': Shootings Up 50 Percent In Chicago

May: Chicago's Violent May Rivals Bloody ’90s: ‘Our Community Is Under Siege’

April: With Nearly 1,100 Shot, Shooting Victims Up 75 Percent This Year

March: Shootings Up 80 Percent In Chicago This Year, Highest This Decade By Far

February: 187 Shot in Chicago in February, Nearly Triple Those Shot in February 2015

January: 2016 Off To A Bloody Start as Shootings Double: 42 People Killed, 210 Hurt