Chicago has experienced a significant spike in shootings in March, with police data and other reports showing the numbers are their highest in four years.
There have been 233 shooting incidents and 298 victims in all of 2021, police data shows, according to CNN. There were 146 shootings and 175 victims in March of 2020, according to the report. In March of 2019 and 2018, there were 136 shooting incidents, respectively.
Shootings were up 50% between March 21 and March 28 when compared to data from 2020, according to police data. When compared to data over 28 days between 2020 and 2021, shootings were also up 60%. Data shows there has been a 4% increase in shootings over the past four years.
Murders have also skyrocketed in March when compared with previous years. Murders were up 150% between March 21 and March 28 when comparing data from 2021 and 2020. Murder rates were up when compared through a three-year change, but murders have declined by 1% when looking at a four year change, according to police data.
In one incident, a 27-year-old man shot and killed an 11-year-old girl on March 1 at a gas station in Chicago’s Fifth District, according to police. The offender was charged with first degree murder and attempted first degree murder because he shot and injured an 18-year-old male during the incident.
Chicago saw a bloody Easter weekend, with seven people having been shot and killed and at least 27 others wounded in shootings, according to ABC 7 Chicago. (RELATED: Three Chicago Police Officers Shot In One Week)
A 31-year-old man was arguing with two individuals around 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning when someone fired shots at him, according to the report. The man was pronounced dead at a local hospital after taking 14 gunshot wounds to the upper body, ABC 7 Chicago reported.
The Daily Caller reached out to the Chicago Police Department but did not receive a response at the time of publication.