With three weeks left in the year, Chicago has seen at least 636 homicides, trailing this time last year by 118 killings but still substantially above other recent years.
In 2015, the city had recorded 467 homicides by now, in 2014 at least 416, according to data kept by the Tribune.
This year is only the second time homicides have surpassed 600 since 2003, when the total was 601. Homicides dropped sharply the next year to 453, setting off a decade of yearly homicide totals that ranged from around 450 to 515 before they shot up dramatically to 792 last year.
The Chicago Police Department’s homicide count for this year is slightly lower than the Tribune’s at 620. But that figure does not include police-involved shootings, homicides that are considered justified or killings on expressways, which are investigated by the Illinois State Police.
The number of shootings has followed a similar pattern. There have been at least 3,429 people shot so far this year in Chicago, compared to 4,166 this time last year when violence reached levels not seen in two decades.
Shootings over weekends, when violence typically spikes, has been steadily declining the last few months. A total of 19 people were shot over between Friday and early Monday, five of them fatally.
–The first homicide happened Friday evening in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side, police said. Manuel Godinez, 34, was shot in the neck in the 4300 block of South Wood Street after someone fired from a minivan.
–Two men were killed in shootings within 20 hours Saturday and Sunday mornings in the Far South Side’s Fernwood neighborhood, according to police.
–In the weekend’s latest homicide, a 24-year-old died from a gunshot wound to the leg Sunday evening, police said. He was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital after the shooting in the 1300 block of South Komensky Avenue on the West Side.
–Among those shot was a 13-year-old boy who was wounded in a double shooting in the South Shore neighborhood Friday night. An 18-year-old man was also injured.
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