The City of Chicago is still racking up distressing numbers of shootings even as crime otherwise in the Windy City has gone down. On August 12, for instance, six people were shot in the space of only one hour.
On that Monday, between the 6:15 PM and 7:13 PM, six people were shot, one of them a 13-year-old boy.
At 6:12, police reported that a 23-year-old man was shot and critically wounded. At 6:15 a 21-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman were shot in the same incident. Then at 6:20 a young man, 17, shot himself in the groin by accident. Next a 13-year-old boy was shot at 6:47. And by 7:13 sixth person was shot.
This came only a day after a weekend where 4 were killed and 22 hurt in shootings in Chicago.
Those numbers are slight compared to the shootings over the Fourth of July holiday weekend this year where a staggering 72 shootings occurred, with as many as a dozen ending up dead. Among those shot were two small boys, one a 5-year-old and the other a 7-year-old.
You wouldn’t know it from these statistics, but Chicago has actually experienced a drop in crime rates–including murder–so imagine how bad it was before. In 2012, for instance, there were a total of 516 murders and 11,866 gun related crimes in the city. This year that number will be smaller with 200 some murders thus far as the year winds down.
Still, four of Chicago’s neighborhoods made the list of the 25 most dangerous areas in the country. The neighborhood situated at S. Halsted Street and W. 77th Street figured in as the fourth most dangerous community in the country.