Gun Violence in Chicago, 2016

Gun Violence in Chicago, 2016

The spike in homicides in Chicago in 2016 — from 485 in 2015 to 764, a 58 percent increase — was due largely to an increase in gun violence, a report from the University of Chicago Crime Lab finds. According to the report, Gun Violence in Chicago, 2016 (31 pages, PDF), 90 percent of the homicides in the city in 2016 were committed with a firearm, up from 88 percent in 2015, while the number of gun homicides and non-fatal shootings jumped 61 percent and 43 percent, respectively. While the analysis does not identify a definitive cause for increased levels of gun violence, which began over the New Year's holiday and persisted unabated throughout the year, it concludes that the problem does not represent a broad-based change in anti-social or criminal behavior in general. Funded by the Joyce, MacArthurMcCormick, and Pritzker foundations, the report calls for policy responses that address the core problem — the concentration of gun violence in Chicago's most disadvantaged neighborhoods perpetrated by teenagers and young adults in public places with illegally owned, and increasingly lethal, firearms.