Fewer shootings, but more murders in Chicago as top cop calls for more gun laws
By Brian Seay
Chicago crime scene photo marking evidence.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Monday said his department has recovered more than 5,000 firearms from city streets so far this year, yet the number of homicides has outpaced a historically violent 2016.
At a morning press conference, Johnson called for stronger gun laws as he described the department making 32 percent more arrests for gun related charges and 10 percent more arrests for murders this year compared to last.
Fewer shootings, but more murders
The announcement comes after another violent weekend in the Windy City. Six people were killed and 35 others injured, bringing the death toll so far this year to 391. That’s four more than this time last year, when 783 people were killed — a year end homicide figure not seen for more than 20 years. Still, the total number of people shot is on the downtrend, with 2,112 shot so far this year, compared to 2,337 this time last year, according to data tallied by the Chicago Tribune.
Johnson said the reduction in shootings is even more significant in areas most prone to gun violence. “Year to date, we’ve seen reductions in shooting incidents by 37 percent in the 7th District (Englewood), 27