Chicago’s homicides have increased by more than 50 per cent since last year, as at least 27 people were shot over the Christmas weekend.
Seven of those individuals were fatally shot within the last 48 hours, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) reported.
Officer Jose Estrada, a spokesman with the CPD told the New York Times on Sunday that the total number of homicides this year was 745, a 56 per cent increase from 476 around the same time last year.
from 476 around the same time last year.
The weekend’s most recent shooting resulted in the death of an 18-year-old male who was shot multiple times in the neck and back while he was driving at 1.30am on Sunday on the city’s Southwest Side, NBC 5 Chicago reported.
He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
No suspects are in custody for his murder.
Last year’s Christmas weekend saw 30 people shot and six of those died.
This year was the first time in nearly 20 years that more than 700 homicides had been recorded in the city, The Chicago Tribune reported this month.
Officer Estrada said the total number of shooting victims so far stood at 4,252, up 47 per cent from 2,884 at the same time in 2015.
The majority of the individuals shot were men under the age of 30.
Forty-two homicides have been recorded for December compared to 33 around the same time last year, the Tribune reported.
Another man was found shot dead around 12.49am in the backyard of a home of East 76th Street, according to police.
He had been shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.
On Saturday, a 20-year-old man was found unresponsive with a gunshot wound in the South Side West Englewood neighborhood shortly after 9pm, police told NBC 5.
He was taken to Christ Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Officers found a 27-year-old male on the ground with gunshot wounds around midnight on Saturday when the responded to reports of gunfire in the Brighton Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side.
The unidentified man suffered gunshot wounds to the head and abdomen and was pronounced dead at the scene at 12.25am.
Two men were gunned down in front of a home in the West Side Austin neighborhood around 10.50pm on Friday.
Derrick Jones, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene, while 20-year-old Stephen Tucker suffered gunshot wounds to the head and back and died at Mount Sinai Hospital, authorities told NBC 5.
Some victims were not identified as of Sunday night.
At least 20 more people were wounded in other shootings between 4.30pm Friday and 8pm Saturday.