Despite the skyrocketing number of shootings that occurred in Chicago for the past month, the overall murders are down in comparison to the same period in 2017, according to the Chicago Police. In October 2017, 58 people were killed and a total of 275 were shot.
According to the CPD report, the total crime went down by 8%, and this year so far 107 fewer murders and 387 fewer shootings have been recorded. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson points to adding more officers, new technology, as well as community engagement as the reasons for the decline in shootings. Additionally, he pointed out to the massive gun and drug raids conducted by the Chicago Police Department, which allowed to take 7,740 guns off the streets and led to more than 50 arrests.