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Report: Chicago Reaches More Than 1,000 Shootings

The number of people shot this year in Chicago passed 1,000 late last week, an unfortunate milestone reached sooner than in previous years.

Through the end of May, less than 1,000 people in both New York and Los Angeles have been shot combined. As of Monday, about 1,050 people had been shot in Chicago since the beginning of the year, according to data released by the Chicago Tribune.

Northeastern University Criminologist James Alan Fox said that while the numbers are starling, they aren’t necessarily telling.

“Maybe (Chicago) just started to hit a low point with gun violence and now you’ve got sort of a bounce back,” he said.

Fox suggested that Chicago is in some ways the victim of its own success in reducing violence from its high-water mark a couple of decades ago.

The Tribune has been tracking shootings across the city since 2012, using data from both police and street reporters.

Through June 7, 2014, 933 people were shot. In 2013, the number was 817 and through June 7, 2012, 974 people were reportedly shot.

This past weekend’s shootings mostly occurred in neighborhoods on the South and West sides.

“Where there’s shootings, there’s a sense of a neighborhood that is continuing to decline. That’s in disarray,” said Arthur Lurigio, a professor of psychology and criminal justice at Loyola University Chicago. “As long as we continue to invest in the riverfront and downtown, which we will, and we continue to disinvest or allow disinvestment from those communities, there will be shootings today, tomorrow.”

New York City saw 510 people shot through the end of May despite being more than three times the size of Chicago — compared with 467 during the year-earlier period, according to New York Police Department statistics.

Los Angeles has seen 438 people shot since May 30.