(CHICAGO) — We’re only one month into 2016 and already, Chicago is off to its bloodiest start since 2000.
The Chicago Police Department reports that 292 people were shot in the city last month — nearly double the number from January 2015. There were also 51 homicides this past January, up from 29 last year.
Police blame gang conflicts, retaliatory violence and petty disagreements for the rise in shootings. The department calls the numbers “unacceptable.”
The figures come during interim Chicago Police Superintendent John Escalante’s second month on the job. He took over the position after Garry McCarthy was forced to resign.
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