Chicago is approaching 600 homicides in 2022, but the number of shootings and killings remain below each of the past two years, according to new data from the Chicago Police Department.
Through the end of October, 580 people have been killed in the city, per CPD figures. That marks a 16% decline compared with the same period in 2021 — the city's deadliest year since the 1990s — and a 13% drop compared with 2020.
According to the CPD numbers, 3,016 people have been shot to date in 2,441 separate incidents. Those totals are each down approximately 20% from the same time last year.
In the past month alone, there were 61 homicides — matching the total from October 2021 — and 250 shootings. That included a mass shooting on Halloween night in which at least 11 adults and three children were injured in the Garfield Park neighborhood.
“Enhancing every aspect of public safety is the Chicago Police Department’s priority,” Police Superintendent David Brown said. “One of the most important keys to making and sustaining progress is in coordinating our efforts across every level of government and each of our communities.”
Chicago police officers last month recovered 940 illegal firearms — an average of more than 30 recoveries each day — bringing the yearly total up to 10,778. Of those, 904 were assault weapons and 678 were unserialized “ghost” guns.
According to police data, there have also been 1,409 vehicular hijackings recorded in 2022, which marks a 2% drop compared with 2021, while the number of carjacking-related arrests is up 18% year-to-date.