"There's not a comparable year": Homicides are up 52% in Chicago amid COVID-19

The nation’s second-largest county has recorded more homicides this year than in all of 2019, the majority of which – 95% – are people of color. Meanwhile, homicides are up 52% in Chicago.

The Windy City — like others across the country — has seen an uptick in violent crimes this summer amid the coronavirus pandemic, mass layoffs and nationwide unrest. Murders and shootings are up 52% from the same time last year, according to city police data, and dozens of children under 10 years old have been shot, some fatally.

The county, meanwhile, is on track to exceed 900 homicides this year, according to the Cook County medical examiner, and Chicago accounts for most of the homicides, many of which happened in a handful of neighborhoods on the city’s South and West sides.