With two months left in 2023, Chicago remains on pace for double-digit percentage declines in the number of homicides and shootings recorded in the city as violence crime rates return to pre-pandemic levels.
According to new data from the Chicago Police Department, there were 201 shootings and 52 homicides recorded throughout the month of October. Those totals are each down about 19% compared to the same month in 2022, and that homicide total is the fewest for any October since 2019.
However, police data also shows the number of robberies (25% increase) and motor vehicle thefts (up 59%) recorded year-to-date have risen dramatically compared to recent years.
There were 269 people shot in Chicago across the month of October, which includes 15 people who were wounded during a mass shooting at a Halloween party in North Lawndale. Even so, the number of people shot last month was down 8% compared to October 2022 and was also below totals from the same month in 2021 and 2020.
Through the first 10 months of 2023, there have been 2,110 shootings and 522 homicides recorded in Chicago, totals which are down 13% and 12% respectively, year-over-year.
CPD officers have recovered 10,193 firearms this year, including more than 1,000 assault-style weapons, which represents an 18% increase over 2022.
Violent crime along the CTA’s buses and train routes is down 7% year-to-date, while overall crime is down 9%.