October to Date
Shot & Killed: 29
Shot & Wounded: 213
Total Shot: 242
Total Homicides: 35

Week in Progress (Sun – Sat)
Shot & Killed: 7
Shot & Wounded: 37
Total Shot: 44
Total Homicides: 8

Year To Date Totals
Shot & Killed: 312
Shot & Wounded: 1903
Total Shot: 2215
Total Homicides: 373

Transparency, Or Lack Thereof

liarWe’re of the opinion that we are being lied to, everyday, about pretty much everything. Today was no different. First we have G-Mac yammering in front the city’s most frequent and often worst liars, the City Council:

“According to McCarthy, through September the Police Department had recorded eight straight quarters of reductions in murders, going back two years. Over that time, the department registered 500 fewer shooting incidents and 123 fewer murders than in the two years preceding.

McCarthy added that robberies, burglaries, car thefts and overall crime are all down this year.”

Homicides are down, but we’ll take issue with “shooting incidents”. There may be fewer “incidents” but there’s been a lot more people shot as in there’s been a shitton of multi-victim shootings. Also remember that there is no crime unless it’s reported, hence less cops = less crime.

Next up is the unfortunate incident of an off-duty cop getting beaten in a downtown parking garage:

“The off-duty officer was in the 100 block of West Madison about 3 p.m. when multiple people walked up, repeatedly hit him and then stole his personal belongings, police said.

Police declined to say how the robbers fled the scene.”

So little information for the masses, yet the scanner traffic was a goldmine in comparison. Why not say that the offenders fled in a red Mercury Mountaineer with temporary Indiana plates that happened to leave its front bumper behind? Or why not mention how those personal belongings included some rather important police ‘stuff’?

UPDATE: The Tribune published the full story. Good.

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Shot Placement

Placement
Killed
Wounded
leg1440
back31171
chest76118
arm184
head10477
abdomen23113
ass1125
thigh198
foot93
hand67
shoulder66
face1048
ankle42
side432
neck625
other288
As of 10/25/14

Deadliest ‘hoods

Neighborhood
Homicides
Wounded
Total
Englewood39213252
Austin28151179
Garfield Park29105134
Humboldt Park1589104
Roseland117384
South Shore117283
Auburn Gresham176582
Grand Crossing77582
South Chicago116576
North Lawndale96170
West Pullman65965
New City125264
Washington Heights55055
Chatham144054
Chicago Lawn173451
All Others134652786
As of 10/25/14

Cause of Death

Cause
Homicides
%
Gunshot30783.7%
Stabbing297.9%
Assault143.8%
Auto71.9%
Child Abuse41.1%
Strangulation30.8%
Arson20.5%
Neglect10.3%
As of 10/27/14

Race of Victim/Attacker

Race
Victim
Attacker
Black28390
Hispanic5016
White/Other2311
Police-15
As of 10/27/14
*Victim metrics only include homicides. Attacker metrics only account for those incidents where either an arrest has been made or if it involved the police.

Gender

Gender
Killed
Wounded
Male3261654
Female41228
As of 10/27/14

Yearly Murder Trend (1957-2013)

Mayor
Term
Homicides
Richard J. Daley1955-197610,910
Michael Bilandic1976-19792,408
Jane Byrne1979-19833,202
Harold Washington1983-19873,295
Eugene Sawyer1987-1989978
Richard M. Daley1989-201114,653
Rahm Emanuel2011-1,475

Police-involved Shootings

Year
Killed
Wounded
20141522
20131330
2012849
20112337
20101333
20091942
2009-2012 stats account for CPD incidents only. 2013-2014 may include other police forces within Chicago, such as the Illinois State Police or Cook County Sheriff. Historical data pulled from Independent Police Review Authority.

Multi-victim Shootings

# of Victims
# of Incidents
# Killed
7 shot11
6 shot42
5 shot32
4 shot177
3 shot6120
2 shot23257
As of 10/6/14

Day of Week

Day
Homicides
Wounded
Total
Sun64328392
Mon48207255
Tue30169199
Wed34200234
Thu36176212
Fri55254309
Sat67359426
As of 10/1/14

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Time Between Incidents (Average)
Shooting: 3.3 hours
Homicide: 19.6 hours
Robbery: 57 minutes
Battery: 10 minutes
Assault: 31 minutes
Sex Assault: 7.9 hours
Theft: 9 minutes
No FOID Card: 4.3 days

2014 Robbery Totals

*Given the recent revelations about the CPD’s data set here and here and here, we’re questioning the validity of the data found within the city’s data portal, therefore a big ass asterisk is in order.

Neighborhood
Robberies
% of Total
Austin1856.8%
Englewood1806.6%
Garfield Park1405.2%
North Lawndale1244.6%
Auburn Gresham1104.1%
South Shore1023.8%
Roseland1023.8%
Chatham943.5%
Greater Grand Crossing813.0%
Humboldt Park762.8%
All Others1,517 56.0%

Police Scanner Frequencies

If you’re local and want to hear all the murder and mayhem for yourself, invest in a quality scanner and tune in to the frequencies below. If you’re not local, head over to either the Apple or Google app store and download one or check out Broadcastify’s Live Audio Feeds. (Protip: actual scanners are better than the apps.)

Freq.
CPD Dist.
Main 'hoods
460.1250CW 1Citywide
460.1750CW 2Citywide
460.15001 & 18Loop, Mag Mile, Gold Coast
460.50002 & 21Hyde Park, Grand Boulevard
460.07503Woodlawn, South Shore
460.20004 & 6Auburn Gresham, Chatham
460.02505 & 22Roseland, West Pullman
460.40007 & 8Englewood, Chicago Lawn
460.450012 & 14Near West Side, New City
460.100010 & 11Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, N. Lawndale
460.425015 & 25Austin, Belmot-Cragin
460.050019Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Uptown
460.375020 & 24Edgewater, Rogers Park
Chicago FireCitywide

*Source Data & Editor’s Note

We compile our own dataset using the following sources: Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-TimesDNAInfo Chicago, Chicago Redeye Homicide Tracker, NBC5 Chicago, City of Chicago Data Portal and CPD CLEARMAP.

Editor’s note: A homicide, regardless of type, within the city limits of Chicago counts towards our total metric. CPD-involved, ISP-involved and justifiable homicides all count. Reckless homicides may count if the Medical Examiner rules that the cause of death was a homicide. Suicides do not count. Additional definitions can be found on the Glossary page.