Posted on January 4, 2021

Chicago Ends 2020 with 769 Homicides as Gun Violence Surges

Don Babwin, Associated Press, January 1, 2021

The number of homicides and shootings in Chicago spiked dramatically in 2020, ending with more bloodshed than in all but one year in more than two decades, statistics released by police on Friday revealed.

After three years of falling homicide totals, 2020 ended with 769 homicides — 274 more than the previous year and the most since the 784 homicides in 2016. The latest shooting victim figures told the same story, with the year ending with 4,033 shooting victims compared with 2,598 the year before.


None of these numbers come as a surprise, as the year unfolded with news reports about violence that often included the word “deadliest,” such as after Memorial Day weekend, the deadliest in five years. Then a few days later, May 31, ended with more homicides — 18 — than in any single day in memory.

Chicago was not alone. {snip}

The year ended in Detroit, Washington, D.C., New York, Milwaukee and other cities with more killings than the year before. {snip}