As February 2017 ended, the total number of gunshot victims in the city of Chicago reached 210, including 45 homicides caused by firearms. At least eight people were wounded in shootings on February 28. Since the first of the year, at least 515 people have been shot in Chicago, 96 fatally, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. In February, Chicago Police recorded 44 murders as compared to 46 in February 2016. February also saw an increase in the number of shootings over last year: 167 in 2017 as compared to 162.
According to Chicago Police Department, so far in 2017, there have been 399 shootings so far this year, as compared to 404 in 2016. In 2017, there have been so far 94 murders as compared to 96 in 2016.
The police department is using new technology and techniques that is crediting for the relative improvement in the number of incidents. 
“We are clear-eyed about the public safety challenges we’re facing: while many of our neighborhoods have not seen a single murder this year, gun violence is plaguing neighborhoods on our South and West Sides,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement after President Donald Trump’s addressed to a joint session of Congress last night, noting that the city has asked for federal resources in combating violence.
“The better question, I’d suggest, is whether the President cares enough about violence in our city to do more than talk or tweet about it,” Emanuel said.
On February 28, a 71-year-old man was shot in the foot and a 33-year-old man was shot in the toe. Later, an 18-year-old man and 44-year-old woman both suffered gunshot wounds.  Also shot was a 29-year-old man, who suffered a gun wound in the abdomen. A 17-year-old boy was walking when someone shot him in the back. A 40-year-old man was shot while walking in the 3100 block of North Kilbourn in the Belmont Gardens neighborhood.  A 49-year0bernar-old man working as a livery driver in the 6200 block of South Indiana picked up a passenger who pulled a gun and announced a robbery, police said. The driver grabbed the gun, which went off, striking him in the finger. The suspect took off in the vehicle; the livery driver was taken in good condition to the University of Chicago Medical Center.
During his speech to a joint session of Congress last night in Washington DC, Trump vowed that he wants to "break the cycle of poverty" by also breaking "the cycle of violence."
"In Chicago, more than 4,000 people were shot last year alone,” he said, “and the murder rate so far this year has been even higher. This is not acceptable in our society," Trump said to applause.



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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