The Death Toll In Chicago Is Now 276.
McCarthy stated on August 1st via Chicago Sun-Times:
Chicago’s murder total for July was the third-lowest since 1987 — a major turnabout from the first three months of the year when homicides skyrocketed, police officials said Wednesday.
Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said his strategies are beginning to drive down shootings and slayings.
Murders were up 66 percent, and shootings were up 40 percent over the first three months of 2012 — compared to the same period last year.
For the first seven months of 2012, though, murder was up 27 percent and shootings were up 6 percent, McCarthy said.
“A 6 percent increase is nothing to brag about, but it looks like incremental success — and the murder rate is following,” he said.
Forty-nine people were murdered in July, compared with 55 people in July 2011, according to the department.
McCarthy attributed the decline in murders in July to a comprehensive gang violence reduction strategy he launched this year.
“It’s taking hold,” he said.
Taking hold? Not for 23 year-old Dominique Green, who was shot in the head later that same day or the 7 others wounded. The Chicago Tribune reported:
A 23-year-old died after someone shot him in the head and body in the Lawndale neighborhood Wednesday night and seven others were wounded in attacks across the South and Southwest sides.
The man was on the corner in the 700 block of South Independence Boulevard about 8 p.m. when someone approached him from behind, and shot him multiple times, police said. The shooter fled on foot before jumping into a waiting SUV that was later seen northbound on Independence Boulevard.
The man, identified as Dominque Green by the Cook County medical examiner’s office, was first taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, a fire department spokeswoman said. He was pronounced dead there at 8:08 p.m., a spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office said. He lived in the 1700 block of South 6th Avenue in Maywood.