"Sweet Home Chicago" was first recorded back in 1936 long before its residents started killing each other in wanton fashion.
CHICAGO — Murders in the nation's third-largest city are up about 72%, while shootings have surged more than 88% in the first three months of 2016 compared with the same period last year, according to data released Friday by the Chicago Police Department.Of course this disturbing statistic is visited upon a city where gun control is still Mayor Emanuel's preferred crime control measure.
Police said the disturbing rise in violence is driven by gangs and mostly contained to a handful of pockets on the city's South and West sides.
[...]The city has seen 141 murders this year, compared with 82 murders at the same point last year. Police reported 677 shootings this year compared with 359 at the same point last year.
The grim rise in violence comes after the Chicago Police Department reported 468 murders in 2015, a 12.5% increase from the year before. There were 2,900 shootings in 2015, 13% more than the year before, according to Police Department records.