Gun violence in Chicago is way up this year. IPR’s Patrick Smith reports.
According to Chicago Police Department statistics, 43 people were murdered in February and 187 people were shot. That brings the total murders so far this year to 95 - almost twice the number in the first 60 days of 2015. A police spokesman says the level of violence in the city is unacceptable. He blamed most of the shooting on gang conflicts. In response, police say they’re deploying 100 newly trained sergeants and increasing gang interventions.