Chicago: 5 killed, 42 wounded in weekend violence, pushing city over 700 homicides for only second time in 20 years

by Joel Abbott · Nov 23rd, 2020 2:48 pm

Last Updated Nov 23rd, 2020 at 9:38 pm

At least 47 people were shot in another violent weekend in Chicago, leading to five deaths.

"[It was a] conversation with bullets; people were shooting it out," said Darryl Martin, who witnessed gunman fire into a crowd in one incident.

The violence pushed Chicago over 700 homicides in 2020 — only the second time in two decades the number has been so high. Since the early 1990s when annual murders routinely exceeded 900, the most violent year in recent memory was 2016, when 781 homicides were recorded.

Authorities previously reported that homicides are up 52% over 2019, with the overwhelming majority of perpetrators and victims being people of color. According to medical examiners, more than 88% of the 2020 victims have been men and 78% of all victims have been black.

The 700th homicide victim was a 28-year-old man killed in a quadruple shooting on the Far South Side. He was shot multiple times before dying three hours later at a hospital.


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