Chicago surpasses 2011 total for homicides
Published: October 29, 2012 06:47PM
Updated: October 29, 2012 06:47PM
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Brian Jackson | Chicago Sun-Times In this photo taken Sept. 15, 2012, police investigate the scene of a shooting on Chicago's south side. In the coming days, the city is bound to reach another grim milestone when the number of homicides for 2012 surpasses 433, the total for all of last year.

Chicago • With two months left in 2012, Chicago has surpassed the number of homicides it had for all of last year.

The 436th homicide this year came Monday with the shooting of 33-year-old Carlos Alexander in South Chicago. It was a grim milestone city officials wanted to avoid but knew was coming.

Last year Chicago recorded 435 homicides. It tied that number over the weekend when six people were fatally shot.

Chicago’s homicide rate has made national headlines for much of the year, starting in the spring when police reported the number of homicides was about 60 percent higher than for the same period last year.

Since then, the rate has slowed down considerably as police focus much of their attention on street gangs linked to most of the shooting deaths.