Enlightening Commentary

Increase in the Increase

Posted on May 12, 2016

BlackboardIt was only a week and a half ago when we were told that the “murder surge” was slowing, or in other words, there was a decrease in the increase (which is still an increase). It would now seem that the surge is back on and we’re seeing an increase in the increase.

Four people were killed and at least 14 people have been wounded in Chicago since early Wednesday afternoon, including a triple fatal shooting in Englewood and five people shot in the evening in the Park Manor neighborhood, officials said.

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A woman and four men were wounded in a shooting about 8 p.m. in the 7100 block of South State Street, according to police.

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Earlier, three people were wounded in an attack about 12:45 p.m. in the 6900 block of South Artesian Avenue in the Lithuanian Plaza neighborhood, according to Hudson.

And so on, and so on. A thus far 130% YoY increase in homicides has us on track for a mid-to-upper 60s May. So much for that decrease in the increase.

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