The number of shootings in the first three months of 2016 is the highest of the decade in Chicago. At least 775 people have been shot in the city, which is up 80 percent from last year. As of March 28, there were at least 650 separate shootings. The surge in shootings is a major concern heading into the spring and summer months.
Not only are shootings in Chicago on the increase, but homicides in general are as well. So far this year, 1,142 people have been murdered in Chicago. While a majority of the homicides have occurred on the South and West sides, there has been a rise in murders all across the city.
On Easter weekend, an astounding 38 people were shot. Only one of those shootings resulted in a fatality. According to the Chicago Tribune, 40 percent of those shootings occurred in either the Englewood District or the Harrison District.