Posted on December 8, 2020

3,800 People Shot in Chicago Through End of November

NBC Chicago, December 1, 2020

Chicago gun violence continued to decline with the cooler weather in November, but shootings and murders are still spiking compared with last year.

Nearly 3,800 people were shot in Chicago this year through the end of November, compared with about 2,400 shooting victims in the same period last year — a 58% increase.

Meanwhile, police reported 716 murders through the end of November, a 54% increase from the 464 murders during the same time last year.

Compared month-to-month, November closed out with 267 shootings while November 2019 had 154 shootings — a 73% increase.


Supt. David Brown — who started the job earlier this year — said police have faced considerable challenges as COVID-19 and civil unrest hit major U.S. cities.


Beside the pandemic and civil unrest, officers are also facing a three-fold increase in shootings directed at officers.

Chicago police officers have been shot at 71 times this year, and 10 officers have been struck by bullets. In the same period of 2019, officers were shot at 18 times, with three officers struck by gunfire. {snip}


The jump in Chicago violence has been so great, the city could possibly have as many murders as any time since 1998. As of Sunday, the year-to-date murder counts of 2020 and 2016 — Chicago’s most violent year in recent memory — were tied at 715.