Chicago has topped 600 homicides and 2,600 shootings in 2022, according to new Chicago Police Department data. Though both of those totals mark double-digit declines over each of the past two years, they remain above pre-pandemic levels.
Through the end of November, 3,258 people have been shot in the city, according to monthly crime stats from the CPD. Of those victims, 637 people were killed. The number of homicides represents a 15% decline compared to the same time in 2021.
The number of shootings recorded so far this year (2,647) is also down nearly 20% over last year.
“Our officers are out in the community working to keep others safe and I want to thank them for upholding the mission to serve and protect,” Police Superintendent David Brown said in a statement.
In November alone, there were 54 homicides and 208 shootings across Chicago. Those figures are down 8% and 22%, respectively, compared to the same month in 2021. The city had averaged about 46 homicides in November over the past decade.
According to the CPD, officers this year have recovered 11,598 illegal firearms, a nearly 3% increase over the same time last year. That total includes 990 assault weapons — a 49.5% increase year-to-date — and approximately 722 unregistered, privately-made ghost guns.
While the CPD has increased resources along CTA train and bus lines, the police department said overall transit crime was up 2% in November 2022 compared to November 2021.
The CPD also said the number of vehicular hijackings is down approximately 8% compared to the same time in 2021, while carjacking-related arrests are up 18%.