The last time there were this many murders in January was in 2002, when there were 45 homicides.
The last fatality happened in the Kenwood neighborhood on Tuesday, where a 15-year-old honor student, was shot and killed while taking shelter from the rain in a park.
Earlier in the day 27-year-old Devin Common was shot dead while two other men were critically wounded in a Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood shooting, according to family members and authorities.
That follows an especially deadly Saturday night in which seven people were killed. Not all of those homicides were the result of shootings.
The death toll by murder in Chicago over the past decade is greater than the number of American forces who have died in Afghanistan since the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom, according to a police analysis.
In addition, police reports in Chicago – where President Obama once worked as a community organizer and where his former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, now serves as mayor – show most of the city’s massive murder mayhem is black-on-black crime.
In a city with some of the toughest gun control laws in America, where a handgun cannot be purchased, Fox News reported that Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy “acknowledged aiming at assault weapons misses the mark when dealing with Chicago’s gang violence.”
“The weapon used is generally a handgun, and rarely is it purchased through legal channels,” he said.
Less than 1 percent of the murders in Chicago between 2003 and 2011 were committed with what the Chicago Police Department classifies as a “rifle,” the classification for an AR-15.