Chicago’s 11th district experienced more shootings in 2016 than some major cities last year, as the violence across Chi-Town rages.
Ninety-one people have been killed in Chicago’s 11th district in 2016, reports The New York Times. Total shootings are up about 78 percent in the district from last year, while homicides have risen almost 89 percent.
Chicago’s 11th district, home to about 74,000 people, has a higher homicide count than last year’s numbers for some cities — Seattle, with a population of 684,000, only had 24 homicides.
The total number of homicides in Chicago skyrocketed to 700 in 2016. This is the first time in almost 20 years that the homicide rate has been so high.
Chicago had a bloody start to 2016, experiencing 51 homicides and 272 gunshot victims in January. The homicide rate doubled over the past two years: January 2014 had 20 homicides, while January 2015 had 29 murders.
August had the highest homicide rates for a single month in almost 20 years, coming in at 90 killings.
A study from the Illinois Violent Death Reporting System revealed the black community is disproportionately affected by the gun violence plaguing the city.
Murder rates in the black community were eight times higher than those of whites in 2005, the report revealed. The black community suffered from homicide rates that were 16 times higher than whites in 2010, according to the report.
Chicago residents are desperately seeking an end to the violence in their city. Chicago’s police superintendent said during a recent press conference, residents are so frustrated, they’re personally asking him for help
“Every week, I go into these communities, people ask me or beg me, ‘Superintendent, do something about this violence,’” the superintendent said. “Everywhere I go, people ask how can we reduce the violence in Chicago.”