Chicago this week reached 250 homicides for 2012--the worst start to a year in nine years, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.
The city has not reached the 250-homicide mark for the first half of the year since 2003, which saw 286 homicides for the first half of the year and 601 homicides for the entire year, according to a 2009 Chicago Police Department report.
Homicides this year are up 36 percent compared to the same period last year, as of Wednesday afternoon, according to RedEye data.
Citywide, gunshot homicides were recorded in the last week in Burnside, Englewood, Humboldt Park, Riverdale and Woodlawn, RedEye data shows.
Meanwhile, a 75-year-old man was found stabbed to death Tuesday in the 9000 block of South East End Avenue in Calumet Heights, police said.
Forty homicides have been recorded so far this month. Forty-four homicides were logged in June 2011, RedEye determined.Copyright © 2015, CT Now