Shootings in Chicago Up, Crime Overall Down Amid Coronavirus Lockdown
Since Chicago announced a state-wide stay at home order, shootings have been up, while overall crime has been down significantly (compared to last year). Theft has been down over 30%, while murder dropped 77% the week after the stay at home announcement. Meanwhile, gun violence is up 24% on the year, with nearly 500 shooting incidents already taking place.
Last year in Chicago saw over 2,100 shootings, down 10% from 2018’s total.
As of today, there has been a total of 22,025 cases, including 794 deaths in Illinois due the coronavirus. The state’s stay at home order will last until at least the end of April.