500 Murders in Chicago in 2012 (And Counting)
Chicago was hit with a grim statistic this week, the city suffered its 500th homicide in 2012.
The 500 number will likely climb as four days remain this year.
By one estimate, the city has almost 70,000 gang members.
A police audit last spring identified 59 gangs and 625 factions; most are on the South and West sides.
During 2012, more than 2,400 shootings occurred (as of Dec. 21), an 11 percent increase over last year at the same time.
Gang-related arrests are about 7,000 higher than in 2011, reports NBC Chicago.
ABC 7 has a telling statistic, you have a decent chance to get away with murder in Chicago.
"Police stats show just 34 percent of murders get solved within the calendar year they occur. Give detectives two years, and the solve rate barely reaches 50 percent.
That means, if you kill somebody in the city, you've got at least a 50/50 shot of getting away with murder."
The NBC report highlights the politics of the high number of homicides and reveals "Second Amendment defenders point to the fact that Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation as proof that gun control is not only ineffective, but causes more violence."
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