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Chicago Surpasses 600 Homicides After 37 Shot This Weekend

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Annabel Scott Contributor

After a bloody weekend, Chicago — infamous for its strict gun control laws — now has more than 600 reported homicides in 2016 alone.

The Chicago Tribune reports that from Jan. 1 to Oct. 25, the city has seen 611 homicides, over 200 more than the number of homicides reported in October 2015.

The Tribune also reports that the record number of homicides was reached after last weekend witnessed 37 gunshot victims and six fatalities.

Sunday morning saw the worst of the weekend’s violence and according to the Tribune, “Six people were shot in just one hour Sunday, between 4 and 5 a.m. — an average of a person shot every 10 minutes.”

All but one of the fatal shootings occurred on the West Side of Chicago, which the Tribune’s crime map shows to be the area with the highest concentration of homicides this year.

In February, DNAinfo.com reported that Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said the city was “on a pace for 700 murders in 2016,” and sadly it seems likely that her prediction will be correct.