Why is Chicago a Murder Capital? Clues From a Bloody Month

Sep 29, 2016

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An analysis of the homicide toll in Chicago in August shows that it was the deadliest month in the city in two decades.  Young African-American men are the chief victims of surging violence in a handful of the city's most impoverished neighborhoods that have loosely organized street gangs.

In a city that's one-third black, 71 of those killed in August were African American, another 11 Hispanic. Almost half were in their teens or early 20s.

More than 70% of those shot to death appeared on the Chicago police's "Strategic Subject List," which includes 1,400 people considered likely targets of violence based on gang involvement or criminal record.