Final 2012 Totals
Shot & Killed: 441
Total Homicides*: 514

2012: Deadliest ‘hoods

NeighborhoodHomicides%
Englewood407.8%
Austin377.2%
New City244.7%
Grand Crossing234.5%
Chicago Lawn224.3%
Woodlawn214.1%
South Shore193.7%
Garfield Park193.7%
North Lawndale183.5%
Roseland183.5%
Humboldt Park173.3%
Auburn Gresham163.1%
Near West Side163.1%
South Chicago142.7%
All Others21040.9%

2012: Cause of Death

CauseHomicides%
Gunshot44187.2%
Stabbing387.5%
Assault132.6%
Strangling71.4%
Child Abuse40.8%
Auto30.6%
Arson30.6%
Trauma20.40%
Suffocation10.20%
Poisoning10.20%
Neglect10.20%
Updated: 1/27/13

2012: Race of Victim

RaceHomicides%
Black39277.0%
Hispanic7013.8%
White479.2%
Asian51.0%
Updated: 1/27/13

Ages
Average Age: 28.6
Median Age: 25

2012: Other Violent Crimes

CrimeTotalw/ Firearm%
Robbery 13,420 5,364 40.0%
Aggravated Battery 8,270 1,884 22.8%
Aggravated Assault 4,452 2,063 46.3%
Crim. Sexual Assault 1,299 1007.7%

2012: Robberies & Weapon Used

WeaponTotal%
Handgun 5,266 39.2%
Other Firearm980.7%
Knife6324.7%
Other or None 7,424 55.3%

2012: Assaults & Weapon Used

WeaponTotal%
Handgun 1,978 44.4%
Other Firearm851.9%
Knife 1,237 27.8%
Other or None 1,152 25.9%

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We compile our own dataset using the following sources: Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-TimesHomicide Watch Chicago (no longer updated), DNAInfo Chicago (out of business), Chicago Redeye Homicide Tracker (no longer updated), NBC5 Chicago, Chicago Tribune’s Shooting Tracker & Homicide Tracker, Cook County Medical Examiner, CPD’s Historical Data Set, City of Chicago Data Portal,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

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.