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Tracking homicides in Chicago

Austin, New City each record 2 homicides

Of the 11 homicides logged in the last week in Chicago, the West Side Austin community area and Southwest Side New City community area each saw two homicides, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

In Austin, a 14-year-old boy was shot to death Sunday in the 1100 block of North Leclaire Avenue, police said. That same day, a 33-year-old man was fatally shot in the 5000 block of West Potomac Avenue, according to officials.

Austin, which had about 98,500 residents counted in the 2010 Census, has loose borders of the Metra Milwaukee District/West Line on the north, Roosevelt Road on the south, Austin Boulevard on the west and Kenton Avenue on the east.

Austin has logged 26 homicides so far this year, the deadliest toll among Chicago's 77 community areas, RedEye found. The West Side community area recorded 31 homicides last year, down from 37 killings in 2012.

In New City, a 23-year-old man was fatally shot Monday in the 5000 block of South Winchester Avenue, police said. One day earlier, a 40-year-old man was fatally shot in the 800 block of West 50th Place, according to officials.

New City, which had about 44,300 residents counted in the 2010 Census, has loose borders of Pershing Road on the north, Garfield Boulevard on the south, Western Avenue on the west and Normal Avenue on the east.

New City has recorded eight homicides so far this year, tied with Chatham, Roseland and South Shore for the tenth highest toll among Chicago community areas.

The Southwest Side community area logged 15 homicides last year, down from 24 killings in 2012, RedEye determined.

Citywide, gunshot homicides were logged in the last week in Auburn Gresham, Chatham, Englewood, Greater Grand Crossing, Riverdale, South Lawndale and West Englewood, according to police information.

Thirty-seven homicides have been logged so far this month. Fifty-three homicides were recorded in August 2013, RedEye determined.

Chicago sees uptick in female homicide victims

Three women were among the 11 people shot and killed in Chicago in the past week, representing an uptick in female homicide victims, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

An 84-year-old woman was fatally shot Tuesday in the 900 block of West 31st Street in Bridgeport, police said. Two days earlier, a 29-year-old woman was shot and killed in the 400 block of West 104th Street in Roseland, according to officials.

On Saturday, a 16-year-old girl was fatally shot in the 7200 block of South Laflin Street in West Englewood, police said. The Bridgeport and Roseland cases were domestic while the West Englewood incident was a drive-by shooting, police said.

There have been 33 female homicide victims so far this year, comprising 13.1 percent of 251 homicide victims, according to RedEye data.

Last year, there were 52 female victims, comprising 11.8 percent out of 440 homicide victims. In 2012, there were 49 female victims, comprising 9.4 percent of the 522 homicide victims, RedEye determined.

In the past week, gunshot homicides were logged in Auburn Gresham, Douglas, East Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, South Deering and South Shore, according to police information.

On Saturday, there was a double homicide in Logan Square. A 16-year-old boy and 21-year-old man were fatally shot in the 2300 block of North Springfield Avenue, police said.

Logan Square, which had about 72,800 residents counted in the 2010 Census, has loose borders of Diversey Avenue on the north, Bloomingdale Avenue on the south, the Chicago River on the east and Metra Milwaukee District tracks on the west.

Logan Square has logged six homicides so far this year, tied with Grand Boulevard, Greater Grand Crossing, New City, Rogers Park and West Pullman for the 14th highest toll among Chicago's 77 community areas. The Northwest Side community area recorded five homicides last year, up from two homicides in 2012, according to RedEye data.

Citywide, 26 homicides have been logged so far this month. Fifty-three homicides were recorded in August 2013, RedEye determined.

Englewood logs 11th homicide this year

Englewood on Monday logged its 11th homicide of the year, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

A 26-year-old man was shot to death in the 7100 block of South Green Street, police said.

Englewood, which had about 30,600 residents counted in the 2010 Census, has loose borders of Garfield Boulevard on the north, 75th Street on the south, Normal Avenue on the east and Racine Avenue on the west.

Englewood has logged 11 homicides so far this year, tied with Humboldt Park for the fifth highest toll among Chicago's 77 community areas. The South Side community area recorded 23 homicides last year, up from 21 killings in 2012, according to RedEye data.

Citywide, gunshot homicides were logged this week in Burnside, West Englewood and West Pullman, according to police information.

Fifteen homicides have been recorded so far this month. Fifty-three homicides were logged in August 2013, RedEye determined.


Humboldt Park, Englewood each see 2 homicides

Englewood and Humboldt Park each saw two homicides in the past week, according to a RedEye analysis of preliminary Chicago police data.

In Englewood, a 29-year-old man was shot to death Tuesday in the 7200 block of South Morgan Street, police said. One day earlier, a 26-year-old man was fatally shot in the 5500 block of South Emerald Avenue, according to officials.

Englewood, which had about 30,600 residents counted in the 2010 Census, has loose borders of Garfield Boulevard on the north, 75th Street on the south, Normal Avenue on the east and Racine Avenue on the west.

Englewood has logged 10 homicides so far this year, the sixth highest toll among Chicago's 77 community areas. The South Side community area recorded 23 homicides last year, up from 21 killings in 2012, according to RedEye data.

In Humboldt Park, a 28-year-old man was stabbed to death Friday in the 3900 block of West North Avenue, police said. One day earlier, a 34-year-old man was fatally shot in the 4100 block of West Crystal Street, according to officials.

Humboldt Park, which had about 56,000 residents counted in the 2010 Census, has loose borders of Bloomingdale Avenue on the north, Kinzie Street on south, Humboldt Park on the east and Belt Railway on the west.

Humboldt Park has logged 11 homicides so far this year, the fifth highest toll among Chicago's 77 community areas. The West Side community area recorded 14 homicides last year, down from 18 killings in 2012, RedEye determined.

Citywide, gunshot homicides were logged in the past week in Auburn Gresham, Chicago Lawn, Morgan Park, the Near North Side, New City, South Lawndale, South Shore and West Garfield Park, according to police information.

July ended last week with 40 homicides, down from 53 homicides in July 2013, RedEye found.
Eleven homicides have been logged so far this month. Fifty-three homicides were recorded in August 2013, RedEye determined.

Chicago Lawn has 2nd highest homicide toll

Chicago Lawn last week logged its third homicide of the month and 14th homicide of the year, according to a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data.

A 16-year-old boy was fatally shot July 23 in the 2400 block of West 68th Street, police said.

Chicago Lawn has recorded the second highest homicide toll so far this year among Chicago's 77 community areas, RedEye determined. Austin, Chicago's largest community area, has logged the most homicides: 24 killings.

The Southwest Side community area recorded nine homicides last year, down from 22 homicides in 2012, according to RedEye data.

Citywide, gunshot homicides were logged in the last week in East Garfield Park, the Near West Side and West Pullman, according to police information.

Thirty-eight homicides have been recorded so far this month. Fifty-three homicides were logged in July 2013, RedEye determined.


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Tracking homicides in Chicago is an ongoing project of the RedEye. This site is updated regularly with information from the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office, the Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Breaking News Center. Information is subject to change. Data points appear Thursdays in RedEye’s print edition.

EveryBlock was a source for 2008 homicide data.

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This application is based on Homicide Report, created for the Los Angeles Times by Ken Schwencke. It was adapted for use in Chicago by Ryan Mark, Chris Groskopf, Joe Germuska and Brian Boyer.

Tracy Swartz wrangles the data and writes the posts.