Chicago has won the race nobody wants to win. In one bloody weekend, the windy city has recorded its 500th murder.
Chicago police said as of Sunday evening, 490 homicides had been reported for the year, but the department’s statistics don’t include killings on area expressways, police-involved shootings, self-defense killings or death investigations.
The rate of homicides in the nation’s most dangerous city is only slightly lower than 2016, when the city reached the 500 mark in late August. In fact, CPD were proud of the fact that comparing August 2016 and August 2017 showed a 47 percent drop in homicides: the number dropped from 90 murders to 50.
But last weekend’s killing spree added 10 homicides.
This isn’t about handguns. Three of the victims–all known gang members–were shot with a high-powered rifle.
Chicago is a war zone that has claimed more lives than all U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan since 2015–but Chicago does that every month.