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13-Year-Old Fatally Shot In Chicago After Facebook Fight, Police Say

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 02.09.2015 | Crime

Chicago parents are mourning the death of their 13-year-old son after he was shot Sunday night, allegedly as the result of a confrontation between his...

Homicides Drop, But Shootings Rise As Chicago Still Struggles With Guns And Violence

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 12.31.2014 | Crime

Though Chicago is ending 2014 with its lowest number of homicides since 1965, a look at the broader picture of gun violence in the Windy City tells a ...

Organizer Of Parade Where 2 Teens Were Shot Faults Media For Coverage

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.11.2014 | Black Voices

The organizer of one of Chicago's most popular annual parades -- and the nation's largest African-American parade -- is lashing out after a shooting w...

Joseph Erbentraut

This Is What It's Like To Lose Your Own Child To Gun Violence

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.05.2014 | Black Voices

On May 10, 2007, Annette Nance-Holt lost her only child, 16-year-old Blair, when a gang member opened fire on the Chicago bus he was riding. Blair dov...

Joseph Erbentraut

Even If Chicago's Overall Violence Is Down, There's Still A Huge Problem We're Overlooking

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 05.07.2014 | Crime

When the Chicago Police Department unveiled their latest statistics on violent crime in the Windy City last week, the news sounded better than expecte...

Chicago Woman Gunned Down After Anti-Violence Fundraiser

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 04.28.2014 | Black Voices

A 32-year-old woman heading home from an anti-violence fundraiser she helped organize was among five people killed and at least 35 others wounded in g...

36 People Shot In 36 Hours In Chicago

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 04.14.2014 | Crime

A 17-year-old girl killed Friday afternoon was among at least 36 people wounded in gun violence over the weekend in Chicago. Gakirah Barnes, 17, wa...

How Chicago Is Shedding The 'Murder Capital' Reputation

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.02.2014 | Crime

Chicago Police posted encouraging news about the city's once-staggering homicide rate Tuesday and continued a cautiously optimistic trend that law enf...

Chicago's Controversial New Police Program Prompts Fears Of Racial Profiling

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 02.25.2014 | Black Voices

A controversial new policing strategy being touted by Chicago's top cop for helping reduce gang violence is raising questions over its possible racist...

Chicago Homicides Down 50 Percent In January -- But Can The Trend Last?

Posted 02.03.2014 | Crime

Chicago police say 2014 has gotten off to a markedly less bloody start than recent years in the Windy City, though they admit that the historic deep f...

CPD Solved Higher Percentage Of Murders In 2013

Posted 01.24.2014 | Chicago

Story by Mark Konkol, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago: In 2013, the Chicago Police Department did a better job of catching killers. A retooled homicide...

LOOK: Vice's 8-Part 'Chiraq' Series Debuts

Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

As Chicago's violence grabs headlines and its hip-hop scene grabs airplay, the intersection of rap, politics and crime is the focus of yet another doc...

4 Killed, 17 Hurt In Weekend Shootings Citywide In Chicago

Posted 12.23.2013 | Chicago

Four men were killed and at least 17 other people wounded in shootings over the first weekend of winter citywide in Chicago. In the most recent fat...

Blues Musician Among 5 Men Killed In Thursday Shootings Citywide

Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

A familiar face to those who follow Chicago's blues scene has been identified as one of the latest victims of gun violence in the city. Eric "Guita...

2 Killed, 6 Wounded Friday Night Into Early Saturday Amid Snowy Weather

Posted 12.14.2013 | Chicago

Even though a winter storm system that could bring up to 6 inches of snowfall rolled into the city Friday night, the snowy weather failed to deter at ...

Is The Tide Turning On Chicago's Homicide Rate?

Posted 12.02.2013 | Chicago

Chicago police say the homicide rate so far in 2013 is down 20 percent from last year when the city logged more than 500 homicides. In a sit-down ...

Rahm Urges Shooters, Witnesses To Come Forward At Vigil

Reuters | Posted 11.21.2013 | Chicago

(Update with quotes from prayer vigil, paragraphs 9-12) By Renita Young CHICAGO, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Chicago police on F...

Why Chicago Isn't The 'Murder Capital' Of The United States

Posted 09.19.2013 | Chicago

While the majority of cities had goose eggs for murder counts in the FBI's newly-released crime statistics for 2012, Chicago stood out with the unfavo...

'Chi Raq' Documentary Examines Shooters, Survivors Of City Violence

Posted 09.12.2013 | Chicago

As Chicago's violence problem is simultaneously ignored and examined, one London-based filmmaker turned his lens on people most affected by it living ...

Rahm Touts Police Foot Patrols, But Murder Rate Is Still High

Reuters | Posted 11.11.2013 | Chicago

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Tuesday his program to flood violent neighborhoods ...

6 Dead, At Least 30 Wounded In Weekend Shootings

Posted 08.19.2013 | Chicago

A 7-year-old boy shot carrying his bicycle was among the weekend's shooting victims in Chicago where six people were killed and at least 30 more injur...

Man Fatally Shot On 'Safe Passage' Route On South Side

Posted 08.12.2013 | Chicago

A 54-year-old man was fatally shot early Saturday evening on a block that has been designated a "Safe Passage" route by Chicago Public Schools ahead o...

Is A 'Gang Summit' The Answer To Violence In Chicago?

Posted 08.01.2013 | Chicago

As gang violence continues to take a heavy toll on Chicago, some are hoping a so-called "gang summit" will help curb the killings. The effort is le...

CPD's Dismal Murder Clearance Rate Shows Signs Of Improvement

Posted 07.24.2013 | Chicago

It may be small consolation amid the summer uptick in homicides -- including six people killed over the most recent weekend -- but a new analysis show...

6 Dead, At Least 25 More Injured In Weekend Shootings

Posted 07.23.2013 | Chicago

Updated story Between Friday evening and early Monday, weekend shootings left six people dead and at least 25 more wounded across Chicago. Eugen...