Monday, October 29, 2012

Murder Capital breaks record


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CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago surpassed last year’s total of 435 homicides Monday when a man died after being shot, authorities said.
The victim was one of two people wounded in separate shootings that occurred just four blocks and half an hour apart Monday morning in the South Chicago neighborhood.
The first shooting occurred at 9:51 a.m. in the 8000 block of South Manistee Avenue, police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said.
A male, whose age was not immediately known, was hospitalized for multiple gunshot wounds to the leg and arm. He was reported in serious condition.
The second shooting occurred at 10:34 a.m. when a man in his 30s was shot in the 7900 block of South Escanaba Avenue.
He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, which had no further information on the victim.
Area South detectives are investigating.
This comes after a man was shot and killed inside a home late Sunday on the South Side, marking the city’s 435th homicide of the year — equaling the total last year.
Bariffe Fitz, 68, was found shot in the chest about 11 p.m. inside a residence in the 9400 block of South La Salle Street.
“It’s a disappointing milestone,” Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said on the CBS 2 Morning News. “You can’t manage this and you can’t talk about murder in a positive fashion.”
While murders in Chicago will easily exceed last year’s total, the murder rate has been declining since April 1, when police began to initiate new gang-fighting strategies, McCarthy said. The numbers are high because of a big spike in violence in the first three months of the year, McCarthy said.
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