- Chicago could record its lowest murder total in nearly five decades for the second consecutive calendar year, despite an increase in shootings in 2014.
Chicago Police reported 390 murders through Dec. 20, while the Cook County medical examiner’s office reported 410 homicides, including 16 fatal police shootings, during the same period. There have been at least 10 additional homicides and one fatal police shooting since then.
Police, which follow federal guidelines when counting murders, determined some of the homicides were self-defense or accidents.
Only through 20 December? Well, add a bunch to the intervening 8 days. We've seen headlines of another few since then. We're actually in dander of a single digit drop and well within striking range of 400...pending the outcome of half-a-dozen "death investigations" that will be reclassified sometime in January.