Chicago Reaches 500 Homicides

28 Dec

Chicago has hit a dismal milestone. A late night shooting has marked the city’s 500th homicide for the year.

40-year-old Nathaniel Jackson was shot on the city’s West Side around 9 p.m Thursday. He was pronounced dead shortly after midnight. The victim’s family has confirmed his identity.

Chicago Police say Jackson was shot in the head while standing outside a convenience store at Augusta Boulevard and Lavergne Avenue in the Austin Neighborhood.

One relative told WGN that Jackson had recently been released from jail and was living with a friend on the West Side.

Circumstances surrounding the shooting remain unclear. No arrests have been made.

2008 was the last time Chicago reached 500 homicides.

The Chicago Police Dept released a statement disputing the number saying, “The Department’s official year to date 2012 murder total for the city of Chicago currently stands at 499, with one death investigation still pending classification. “


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Posted by on December 28, 2012 in Daily News


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