August to Date
Shot & Killed: 27
Shot & Wounded: 144
Total Homicides*: 31

Week in Progress (Sun -Sat)
Shot & Killed: 8
Shot & Wounded: 27
Total Homicides*: 8

Year To Date Totals
Shot & Killed: 228
Shot & Wounded: 1374
Total Homicides*: 267

Death Investigations

FlameWhen Chicago Magazine published their blockbuster article on how the CPD manipulates the stats, we were not surprised. Case in point within the article was a story of a mother and son who died in an arson fire, yet they were never classified as homicides. At the time, we made note of incident, but 1) didn’t include it in our stats and 2) never heard about it again until the Chicago Mag article was published.

Now last week we’ve witnessed some more fire play with two women found dead within burning cars, on the same day, just miles away from one another:

“A person was found dead in a burning vehicle in Auburn Gresham Friday morning, just hours before a woman was found dead outside of a burning SUV in the same South Side neighborhood. The first body was found about 5 a.m. in a burning vehicle in the 8400 block of South Gilbert, police said.

Less than two miles away, a woman was found dead outside a burning Kia SUV at 7:45 a.m.”

Very suspicious. Were they both driving Ford Pintos that happened to be rear ended?

Unlike the previously mentioned arson case, this time however, we’re not waiting for official word (autopsies for both people were inconclusive) and unfortunately we’ve added both women to our stats.

If it turns out that both women or new Kia SUVs spontaneously combusted, we’ll happily back out both homicides from our official tally.

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Shot Placement

Placement
Killed
Wounded
leg1309
back23123
arm140
chest5287
head8353
abdomen1685
ass193
thigh181
foot68
shoulder47
hand44
face635
ankle31
neck522
side123
other264
As of 8/18/14

Deadliest ‘hoods

Neighborhood
Homicides
Wounded
Total
Englewood27138165
Austin23124147
Garfield Park216687
Humboldt Park125971
South Shore86169
Roseland95362
South Chicago104858
Auburn Gresham94453
Washington Heights54853
Grand Crossing54651
West Pullman64551
North Lawndale44448
New City63642
Chatham93140
Chicago Lawn152338
All Others90494584
As of 8/18/14

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39-year-old Anthony Edwards was gunned down at the Citgo gas station at 116th Street and Michigan Avenue in the West Pullman neighborhood at 3:15a on July 24, 2014. WARNING – GRAPHIC. Photos by @SPOTNEWSonIG

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Cause of Death

Cause
Homicides
%
Gunshot22285.7%
Stabbing166.2%
Assault83.1%
Auto62.3%
Strangulation31.2%
Child Abuse31.2%
Neglect10.4%
As of 8/18/14

Race of Victim

Race
Homicides
%
Black20379.9%
Hispanic3513.8%
White/Other166.3%
As of 8/18/14

Gender

Gender
Killed
Wounded
Male2271197
Female32163
As of 8/18/14

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
20141121
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 shot52
4 shot186
3 shot5123
2 shot20049
As of 8/18/14

Day of Week

Day
Homicides
Wounded
Total
Sun39223262
Mon34144178
Tue19134153
Wed26148174
Thu26133159
Fri40185225
Sat52265317
As of 8/1/14

Time Between Incidents (Average)
Shooting: 3.5 hours
Homicide: 21.2 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.