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Chicago 2012 homicide total reaches 500
Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:9PM
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Chicago’s homicide total for 2012 has hit 500, when a 40-year-old man was shot and killed on the city’s West Side on Thursday, according to CBS News.


This is the first time since 2008 that Chicago has reached 500 homicides in one year. According to police records, the city witnessed 512 homicides in 2008.


As of Thursday night, homicides were up 17 percent over last year, and shootings had increased by 11 percent, according to police statistics.


In the first three months of 2012 alone, the city saw the murder rate jump 60 percent. It then leveled off, but continued to be ahead of the 2011 rate, ABC News reports.


Witnesses said Nathaniel Jackson was walking alone, and had just crossed the street, when someone approached him and fired several shots at about 9 p.m. Thursday.


He was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where he died a few hours later.


Chicago’s homicides rate resembles war zone-like statistics with a rate that exceeds the number of U.S. troop killed in Afghanistan.


In June, The Daily reported that more Chicago residents -- 228 -- have been killed so far this year in the city than the number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan - 144 -- over the same period.


While more than 2,000 U.S. troops have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001, more than 5,000 people have been killed by gun fire in Chicago during that time, based on Department of Defense and FBI data.


More civilians are armed in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world, with Yemen coming in a distant second, according to the independent Small Arms Survey in Geneva.


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