Chicago has hit a mark it would have preferred to miss: 500 homicides for 2008 with more than a week to go in the year.
Monique Bond, a Police Department spokeswoman, said the 500th slaying unofficially had been Monday night, but she wouldn't immediately identify the victim.
This would mark the most homicides in the city since 2003, yet homicides remain historically low compared with the last four decades.
For the first 11 months of 2008, slayings rose 16.4 percent over the same period in 2007. Yet last year's total of 443 was the lowest since 1965.