Chicago Surpasses 500 Homicides With Labor Day Weekend Violence

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that 13 were killed and another 52 were shot and wounded over the weekend. The Chicago Tribune reports that this brings the city’s homicide totals to 512 dead, with nearly four months left to go in 2016. There were 468 homicides in Chicago throughout all of 2015.

The Associated Press

August In Gun-Controlled Chicago: 472 Shot, 90 Killed

According to ABC News, this puts Chicago on track to tie–if not surpass–some high water marks for murder that the city hoped it would never see again. For example, the homicide rate “topped 600 in 2003”–a high point which is easily within reach this year. And the 513 killed in 2008 are almost certainly to be eclipsed by the end of 2016.

A Chicago police officer guards the perimeter of a crime scene where six people were found slain inside a home on the city's Southwest Side on February 4, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Last month Chicago recorded 51 homicides, the highest toll for the month since at least 2000. (Photo by