Gun Violence in Chicago, 2016

Gun Violence in Chicago, 2016

The spike in homicides in Chicago in 2016 — from 485 in 2015 to 764, a 58 percent increase — was due largely to an increase in gun violence, a report from the finds. According to the report, (31 pages, PDF), 90 percent of the homicides in the city in 2016 were committed with a firearm, up from 88 percent in 2015, while the number of gun homicides and non-fatal shootings jumped 61 percent and 43 percent, respectively. While the analysis does not identify a definitive cause for increased levels of gun violence, which began over the New Year's holiday and persisted unabated throughout the year, it concludes that the problem does not represent a broad-based change in anti-social or criminal behavior in general. Funded by the , , , and foundations, the report calls for policy responses that address the core problem — the concentration of gun violence in Chicago's most disadvantaged neighborhoods perpetrated by teenagers and young adults in public places with illegally owned, and increasingly lethal, firearms.

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