Crime Chicago murders increase in July after 9-year-old boy is shot
9 dead, 25 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings, including boy who 'was unintended target'
A series of shootings over the weekend in Chicago has left nine people dead and 25 wounded, closing out a violent July in which murders there more than doubled compared to the same month last year, reports say.Tragedy first struck Friday evening when Janari Ricks, a 9-year-old who was playing with a group of friends, died after being hit in the chest by a gunman who walked up and started opening fire, investigators say. Chicago Police Department Chief of Operations Brian McDermott told the Sun-Times newspaper that Ricks “was an unintended target," and now a $4,000 reward is being offered for information about the person who pulled the trigger.
A 9-year-old boy heading to his friend's house was fatally shot in Chicago in the waning hours of July -- a violent month in which police say the number of murders in the city jumped nearly 140% from the previous year.
The father of Janari Andre Ricks said the boy was going to get a game controller from a friend when he was shot multiple times around 6 p.m. Friday on the Near North Side. He was pronounced dead at Lurie Children's Hospital.
Chicago homicides and shootings rise sharply in 2020
CHICAGO (AP) — Homicides and shootings have surged in Chicago during the first seven months of the year. From Jan. 1 through the end of July, there were 440 homicides in Chicago and 2,240 people shot, including many of those who were killed, according to statistics released Saturday by the police department. There were 290 homicides and 1,480 shootings, including people who were killed, in the first seven months of last year. July was especiallyFrom Jan. 1 through the end of July, there were 440 homicides in Chicago and 2,240 people shot, including many of those who were killed, according to statistics released Saturday by the police department.
"It's senseless, I'm still lost," Raymond Ricks told CNN Saturday at a makeshift memorial to his son. "He was everything. He was an inspiration behind all kids around in the community. Sports, anything, he would tell you stats from back in the day about everybody. He was a genius."
Investigators believe Janari was not the intended target, Chicago Police Chief of Operations Brian McDermott said.
"When a 9 year old's life is ended by a bullet, we must all be outraged," Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted on Saturday. "These deaths are not mere statistics. And prayers alone will not sooth a broken heart."
Chicago homicides increase 50 percent in 2020, 139 percent in July alone, data shows
Chicago saw a dramatic increase in homicides and shootings in the first seven months of 2020 and a particularly remarkable increase in July, reflecting a growing trend in the U.S. that raised questions about potential police reform in major cities. © Provided by FOX News Matt Finn reports from Chicago with an update on the violence that has extended to the upscale downtown area. Data released on Saturday showed that Chicago saw 440 homicides between January 2020 through the end of June, a 52 percent increase from the same time period last year (which saw 290 homicides).
Through July 26, 212 children have been shot -- 36 fatally -- in Chicago so far this year, according to police.
July was a deadly month in Chicago that opened withThe month also included , police said. One weekend saw . The wounded included seven teenage boys.
Chicago had a 51% increase in murders -- from 290 to 440 -- and roughly the same percentage spike in shooting victims -- from 1,480 to 2,240 -- during the first seven months of 2020 compared to the same period last year, according to the police department's latest statistics.
The number of murders for the month jumped to 105 from 44 last year.
Still, overall crime has decreased by 9% compared to the same time period in 2019 -- driven by a 26% decline in theft and a 19% reduction in criminal sexual assault, police said.
Man charged in shooting death of 9-year-old Chicago boy
CHICAGO (AP) — A 39-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in the killing of a 9-year-old boy who was fatally shot while playing in front of his home, Chicago Police said Tuesday. Janari Ricks was playing outside with friends in the Cabrini-Green neighborhood on the city's near North Side on Friday evening when he was shot once in the chest. Darrell Johnson, of Chicago, was arrested Sunday on the city’s South Side after he was identified as the person who shot Janari, according to a police news release. He is scheduled to appear in bond court Tuesday.
"While our City has made progress in reducing violence in recent weeks, all of that is lost when we lose another child to gun violence," Lightfoot tweeted.
"Gun violence is every bit a public health crisis as COVID-19," she added. "How many more families must be torn apart? How many more communities need to be traumatized? How many more children have to die? We've had to write these words far too many times just this summer alone."
Police said they have seized more than 5,600 illegal guns and made 3,700 gun arrests so far this year -- a 5% increase from 2019.
"As we continue moving more officers into the districts and closer to our communities, we have also been focused on creating teams that can address violent crime head-on within our most vulnerable neighborhoods," Superintendent David O. Brown said in a statement.
"Our officers will engage directly with residents. We will hear their concerns, and continue to work in partnership with them as part of an all-hands-on-deck effort to curb the violence in our communities."
in recent month in American cities. The violence coincides with the end of Covid-19-related lockdowns, mass protests against racism and police brutality, and summertime, when crime annually increases.
President Donald Trump last month announced ato dispatched federal law enforcement to Chicago and other cities despite resistance from local officials.
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