Only eight days into 2013, Chicago is already on a grim pace to not only continue the bloody trend of an elevated homicide rate -- but to surpass it.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks during a press conference with community leaders and family members of murder victims at St. Sabina Church January 3, 2013 in Chicago. In 2012, Chicago reported 506 murders. In the first six days of 2013, Chicago had 12 murders. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
NBC Chicago pointed out that, as of Sunday, 12 people had been murdered in Chicago this year, which, at a rate of two a day, but the city on a pace for a devastating 730 homicides, higher than any one-year murder total in Chicago since 1997.
By comparison, New York City has logged seven murders through Jan. 7, its first of the year on Jan. 3. Detroit had six homicides this year through Sunday, according to NBC.
Since Sunday, a 24-year-old male was fatally shot around 6 a.m. Tuesday in the 4000 block of West Wilcox Street in the city's East Garfield Park neighborhood, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Per DNAinfo Chicago, the victim's name has not yet been released pending the notification of his family.
At least eight other people were wounded in non-fatal shootings concentrated on the city's south and west sides between Monday evening and Tuesday morning.
Chicago's homicide rate has already grabbed a number of national headlines in the new year. It was the subject of two features on NPR's Morning Edition this week, including a Monday segment that featured Alex Kotlowitz, "There Are No Children Here" author and "The Interrupters" director, and a Tuesday segment exploring how the city's gun laws impact its crime rate. The New York Times last Thursday ran an analysis on the city's homicide rate on its front page.
On the heels of the negative publicity, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy on Tuesday announced their new plans for the city's CAPS community policing program which they described as a revitalization that will help deter crime.
Source: Huffington Post Chicago