DEADLIEST MONTH

Chicago Hits 20-Year High in Gun Violence

The city of Chicago recorded its deadliest month in two decades this August as gun violence continues to plague the city. A total of 472 people were shot in the city last month, and 90 were killed—a 66 percent increase from last August. The number of homicides ties the total recorded in August 1996. At least 449 people have been fatally shot so far this year, an increase of 50 percent from the same period of time in 2015. Among the victims last month was the cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade.