Violent Crime

2016 New Year Day Starts in Chicago with 2 dead, 15 Wounded in City Shootings

Three men were killed and at least 21 others were wounded in Chicago shootings on New Year’s weekend.

In the latest fatal shooting, a 33-year-old man was shot while sitting in a parked car around 10:30 p.m. Friday in the 6100-block of South Sangamon, police said. Officials say the man was a known gang member.

The first shooting of 2016 left one person injured early New Year’s Day in the South Chicago neighborhood.

Chicago had its first homicide of the year. Police say the victim is 24-year-old Deandre Holiday, a gang member who had been arguing with another man inside a bar when it spilled out into the street. The other man pulled a gun and shot him in the chest, then fled, police said.

Just before the city rang in 2016, Interim Chicago Police Superintendent John Escalante spoke to the media to talk about the violent year.

“But we’re not unique. Chicago is not unique. Certainly I’m not trying to take the spotlight off Chicago. But if you look at every other major city across country, everyone has dealt with a spike and increase in violent crime,” Escalante said.

The new numbers come at a bad time for the department, after the release of dash-cam video that shows the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald, 17, by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. The department is also trying a more even-handed approach, implementing more training in de-escalating situations and using non-lethal force.

Chicago had 468 murders in 2015.

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