Final November Totals (YoY)
Shot & Killed: 28 (-28%)
Shot & Wounded: 160(+23%)
Total Shot: 188 (+11%)
Total Homicides: 35 (-26%)

Week in Progress (12/1 – 12/7)
Shot & Killed: 4
Shot & Wounded: 18
Total Shot: 22
Total Homicides: 5

Year to Date
Shot & Killed: 436
Shot & Wounded: 2132
Total Shot: 2568
Total Homicides: 481

November Wrap-up

Carnac the Magnificent Shootings up, homicides down, Slumpin’ Hennessy Ed out, dozens of merit hacks to follow and the stupidity continues with 500 on deck.

November 2019: 35 killed, 160 wounded
November 2018: 48 killed, 129 wounded
November 2017: 41 killed, 165 wounded
November 2016: 83 killed, 323 wounded
November 2015: 37 killed, 165 wounded
November 2014: 39 killed, 125 wounded
November 2013: 28 killed, 111 wounded

A breakdown of the month’s idiocy shows:

  • 28 (80%) shot & killed
  • A person killed every 20 hours, 37 minutes
  • A person shot & wounded every 4 hours, 30 minutes
  • First shooting/homicide-free day since March
  • 7 days were homicide-free
  • 2 shot by Des Plaines police
  • 4 homicide-linked arrests
  • 34 in serious or critical condition
  • 30 males killed vs 5 females
  • 23 Blacks killed vs 9 Hispanics vs 3 White/Other
  • Average age of a homicide victim, 32
  • Youngest homicide victim, 17, oldest, 66
  • 40 teenagers shot, 4 killed
  • 18 grazed
  • 5 selfies
  • 7 #ShotInTheAss

Our November forecast of 40 homicides plus another 150 wounded was closer than Ed making it to his retirement date. But now, all eyes (at least those few of us who pay attention to this nonsense) are now looking towards the year end total. Aside from a three week blizzard or martial law, 500 is a lock. We’re looking to end the year around 520 which prior to 2016 would have been a pearl clutching event but is now seen as an improvement.

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2019 Deadliest ‘hoods

Garfield Park39175214
North Lawndale27124151
Humboldt Park28116144
Auburn Gresham1999118
Grand Crossing2494118
South Shore196887
Chicago Lawn136982
Little Village136275
Near West Side105565
South Chicago154560
New City64955
All Others136639775
As of 12/3/19

2019 Shot Placement

As of 12/1/19

2019 Police-involved Shootings

2019 POs15
2009-2012 stats account for CPD incidents only. 2013-2019 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.

2019 Self Defense

As of 12/1/19

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.

2019 Cause of Death

Child Abuse20.4%
Maternal Assault10.2%
As of 11/7/19

2019 Race of Victim/Assailant

Self Defense-6
As of 11/20/19

2019 Gender of Victim

As of 11/7/19

2019 Homicide Clearance Rate

Legal OutcomeHomicides
No Suspect Charged386
Suspect Charged46

The clearance rate is a calculation of Total Homicide Suspects Charged/(Total Homicides – Police involved – Self Defense – Murder/Suicides). Regardless of how many people are charged in relation to a single homicide, it’s only counted as one suspect for calculation purposes. The rate has nothing to do with criminal proceedings and convictions (or lack thereof).

2019 Multi-victim Shootings

# of Victims# of Incidents# Killed
8 shot24
7 shot32
6 shot30
5 shot69
4 shot198
Hat Trick6324
2 shot26589
As of 11/20/19

2019 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.

Live Streams

New for 2019, we’re going to be live streaming police scanner traffic on YouTube most Saturday evenings or if and when other occasions permit. Join us!
Past streams:
7/4/2019: July 4th Insanity
6/30/2019: Post Pride Parade Stupidity
6/14/2019: Friday Night Stupidity
5/25/2019: Memorial Day Weekend Nonsense
4/17/2019: “Large Groups” & Downtown Stupidity
4/14/2019: Saturday Night Live Stream
4/13/2019 First dlive Chicago Values stream
4/6/2019: Broadcasting Chicago Values
3/23/2019: Saturday Night Live Stream
3/16/2019: Vomit O’Rahma
3/9/2019: Saturday Night Live Stream
3/2/2019: Zone 10 Saturday Night!
2/28/2019: The first one. Just a test.

Due to the length of the streams and YouTube’s algorithmic black box, many of the streams are unlisted and only accessible via direct links. If you happen to be on dlive, we’re doing live streams over there as well.

Homicide Trend (1957-2018)

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-

Police Scanner Frequencies

If you’re interested in listening to Chicago mayhem, invest in a quality scanner or a cheaper two-way radio and tune in to the frequencies below. If you’re not local, head over to either the Apple or Google app store and download a scanner app or check out Broadcastify’s Live Audio Feeds.

Freq.CPD Dist.Main 'hoods
460.125CW 1Citywide
460.175CW 2 & 6Citywide
460.1501 & 18Loop, Mag Mile, Gold Coast
460.5002 & 21Hyde Park, Grand Boulevard
460.0753Woodlawn, South Shore
460.2004 & 6Auburn Gresham, Chatham
460.0255 & 22Roseland, West Pullman
460.4007 & 8Englewood, Chicago Lawn
460.4509Bridgeport, Brighton Park, New City
460.22512 & 14Near West Side, Wicker Park, Logan Square
460.10010 & 11Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, N. Lawndale
460.42515 & 25Austin, Belmont-Cragin
460.05019Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Uptown
460.37520 & 24Edgewater, 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’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.