Enlightening Commentary

August Wrap-up

Posted on September 1, 2020

Carnac the MagnificentAfter three “unacceptable”, record breaking months in a row, August managed to tap the breaks ever so slightly and not break too many records of recent vintage – total wounded (430) and total shot count (493) – with a decrease in the increase vs a record July.

August 2020: 66 killed, 430 wounded
August 2019: 51 killed, 241 wounded
August 2018: 60 killed, 302 wounded
August 2017: 55 killed, 289 wounded
August 2016: 98 killed, 398 wounded
August 2015: 57 killed, 306 wounded
August 2014: 55 killed, 250 wounded

A breakdown of the month’s idiocy shows:

  • 63 shot & killed
  • 3 killed via other means
  • 3 shot by CPD, 1 fatally
  • 3 CPD officers shot, 0 fatally
  • 1 shot by CCW, nonfatal
  • 8 homicide-linked arrests
  • Averaged 16 people shot per day
  • 5 days was homicide-free
  • 82 in serious or critical condition
  • 59 males killed vs 7 females
  • 52 Blacks, 8 Hispanics, 3 Whites
  • 5 children 12 and younger shot
  • 73 teenagers shot, 7 fatally
  • Homicide age range: 14-72
  • Team Austin led w/ 47 shot, 8 fatal
  • 23 grazed
  • 3 selfies
  • 33 #ShotInTheAss

We’ve been looking for a slowdown in killings, which we got, but it was made up for by the number of shooting victims. We had forecasted 90 homicides with an additional 400 shot and wounded, which while each individual metric was off, the overall total was dead on. Despite the official Summer Shooting Season wrapping up this weekend, September will most likely continue the Season’s trend. We’re forecasting another 60 homicides and an additional 325 shot and wounded with #3000 person shot coming in mid-month.