January To Date
Shot & Killed: 19
Shot & Wounded: 92
Total Shot: 111
Total Homicides: 26

Week in Progress (1/19 – 1/25)
Shot & Killed: 1
Shot & Wounded: 15
Total Shot: 16
Total Homicides: 2

2019 Totals (vs 2018)
Shot & Killed: 461 (-7%)
Shot & Wounded: 2293
Total Shot: 2754 (-7%)
Total Homicides: 516 (-13%)

The Weekend’s Stupidity

Chicago: Iced over parked carAs usual, some snow and bitter cold showed ’em how it’s done when it comes time to keep the stupid in check.

Final Stupidity Tally: 4 killed, 13 wounded
2019 weekend tally: 4 killed, 14 wounded
2018 weekend tally: 6 killed, 25 wounded
2017 weekend tally: 10 killed, 24 wounded
2016 weekend tally: 4 killed, 27 wounded
2015 weekend tally: 4 killed, 14 wounded
2014 weekend tally: 4 killed, 13 wounded

Friday 1/17
6:30p 6700 S Parnell, Englewood, F/17
7:15p 200 N Lacrosse, Austin, M/28
10:35p 3500 S Giles, Douglas, M/17
Saturday 1/18
12:15a 200 W Pershing, Armour Square, M/22
12:30a 100 S Homan, Garfield Park, M/21
12:35a 200 N LaPorte, Austin, M/19
12:35a 200 N LaPorte, Austin, M/24
10:35a 3100 W Fulton, Garfield Park, M/33
12:45p 2800 N Rockwell, Avondale, M/23
12:50p 400 S Laramie, Austin, M/40

11:30p 4000 N Broadway, Uptown, M/34
Sunday 1/19
5:25a 4200 W Irving Park, Irving Park, M/35
5:25a 4200 W Irving Park, Irving Park, F/37
6:05a 8600 S Pulaski, Ashburn, M/29
2:50p 1100 E 92nd, Burnside, M/18
7:15p 3900 W Congress, Garfield Park, M/23
8:50p 2100 W Randolph, Near West Side, M/74
No Accountability Monday
Cancelled due to Federal Holiday

Key:
shooting
homicide
Weekend = 12p Friday – 6a Monday

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2020 Deadliest ‘hoods

NeighborhoodHomicidesWoundedTotal
Garfield Park11415
Austin11112
Near West Side189
Englewood538
South Shore336
Grand Crossing145
Auburn Gresham224
East Side224
Albany Park33
Humboldt Park123
Irving Park123
Near North Side33
Uptown33
Armour Square22
Ashburn22
All Others71719
As of 1/20/20

2020 Shot Placement

PlacementKilledWounded
chest53
head3
neck21
abdomen15
side12
leg19
back9
arm7
unknown/other925
As of 1/17/20

2020 Homicide Trend

YearHomicidesWounded
201923112
201842173
201757258
201657246
201532120
20142482
Previous year data is reflective of the year-to-date total through the end of the current month.

2020 Police-involved Shootings

YearKilledWounded
202020
201966
2018615
20171112
20161114
2015916
20141728
20131330
2012849
20112337
20101333
20091942
2019 POs00
2009-2012 stats account for CPD incidents only. 2013-2020 may include other police forces within Chicago, such as the Illinois State Police, Cook County Sheriff, various 3 lettered state/federal agencies, suburban departments or university police forces. Historical data pulled from the Civilian Office of Police Accountability.

2020 Self Defense

YearKilledWounded
202021
201969
2018414
2017138
20161210
201553
As of 1/17/20

Stats do NOT include on/off-duty police or other law enforcement and are not limited to firearm related incidents; fatal stabbings are also included. Previous years’ stats reflect totals for entire year.

2020 Cause of Death

CauseHomicides%
Gunshot1571.4%
Stabbing314.3%
Trauma314.3%
As of 1/17/20

2020 Race of Victim/Assailant

RaceVictimAssailant
Black125
Hispanic72
White/Other--
Police-2
Self Defense-2
Unknown210
As of 1/17/20

2020 Gender of Victim

GenderKilledWounded
Male1967
Female24
As of 1/17/20

2020 Multi-victim Shootings

# of Victims# of Incidents# Killed
5 shot10
4 shot12
2 shot71
As of 1/17/20

2020 Cost of Stupidity

*Costs assume the following:

  • $55,000: Average gunshot victim ER and hospital expenses.
  • $1000: Average CFD ambulance ride, only applicable to 80% of victims, rest self-transport.
  • $800: Homicide-related autopsies.
  • Doesn’t include hospice care or ongoing rehabilitation.

Cost estimates provided by Chicago Killings Cost $2.5 Billion and The bill for treating a gunshot wound: $21,000 for the first 35 minutes.

Homicide Trend (1957-2019)

MayorTermHomicides
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 Emanuel2011-20194,535
Lori Lightfoot2019-

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Freq.CPD Dist.Main 'hoods
460.125CW 1Citywide
460.175CW 2Evidence Techs
460.150001 & 018Loop, Mag Mile, Gold Coast
460.500002Hyde Park, Grand Boulevard
460.075003Woodlawn, South Shore
460.200004 & 006Auburn Gresham, Chatham
460.025005 & 022Roseland, West Pullman
460.400007 & 008Englewood, Chicago Lawn
460.450009Bridgeport, Brighton Park, New City
460.225012 & 014Near West Side, Wicker Park, Logan Square
460.100010 & 011Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, N. Lawndale
460.425015 & 025Austin, Belmont-Cragin
460.050019Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Uptown
460.375020 & 024Edgewater, Rogers Park
Chicago FireCitywide

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*Source Data & Editor’s Note

We compile our own dataset using the following sources: Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-TimesHomicide Watch Chicago (no longer updated), DNAInfo Chicago (out of business), Chicago Redeye Homicide Tracker (no longer updated), NBC5 Chicago, Chicago Tribune’s Shooting Tracker & Homicide Tracker, Cook County Medical Examiner, CPD’s Historical Data Set, City of Chicago Data Portal, Chicago Police Department Arrest Record Search and CPD CLEARMAP.

Community areas and neighborhoods are determined by the Chicago Tribune’s Boundaries App and/or Crimeisdown.com’s most excellent Incident Map.

Editor’s note: All murders are homicides, but not all homicides are murders. We count homicides, whereas the CPD counts murders. A homicide, or a non-fatal shooting, regardless of type or by whom, within the city limits of Chicago counts towards our total metric, including anything on the expressways. 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.