Chicago Neighborhoods See More Murders than Some of the Least Developed Countries of the World
Chris Harper Mercer has made Oregon, Illinois famous in the entire world. And it’s not for the right reasons. In late September, the 26-year old gunman killed 10 and injured 7, before killing himself, in one of the worst mass shooting incidents of recent times. And if you’re thinking Oregon, Illinois is the only place affected by mass shootings, you’re wrong; things are equally bad in nearby Chicago.
Chicago is America’s Mass Shooting Capital
According to a new report in The Daily Beast, Chicago is “America’s mass-shooting capital.”
The report which outlines the per capita homicide rate for 2014 has some astounding findings. The neighborhood of West Garfield Park alone saw 21 murders in 2014. Given the neighborhood’s population of 18,000, its homicide rate is 116 per 100,000 people. This is much higher than Honduras (90.4), the country with the highest per capita homicide rate in the world.
According to a Chicago Tribune analysis, at least 2,300 people have been shot in the city so far this year, roughly 400 more than in the same period last year.
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West Englewood Is More Unsafe than Venezuela
Some other neighborhoods of Chicago have a similar story to tell, with their homicide rates being worst or equal to countries that are much less economically developed than the US. West Englewood, another Chicago neighborhood, has a per capita homicide rate of 73.2; this is higher than 53.7 of Venezuala, a country classified among the least developed countries by World Bank.
2015: 2,300 Shootings So Far and Still Counting
As per an analysis by the Chicago Tribune, in 2015 so far, there have been at least 2,300 shootings in the city. This is nearly 400 more than the shootings for the same period in 2014.
In August, the New York Times had shared a report on the rising murder rates in big cities of the US. Chicago ranked 6th in the list with a 20% increase in murders; the city had 294 murders by August end as opposed to 244 in 2014. And as per data from the Chicago police, this number had touched 349 by September 20th, a 21 percent increase over the same period last year.
You are Not Safe in Chicago Anymore
All the data indicates, you are NOT safe in Chicago anymore. You don’t know when a mass shooter may come and harm you, your loved ones, or your employees.
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