Wednesday marked the deadliest day for Chicago in more than a decade with nine people killed by gunshots in eight different districts across the city. Such gun violence hasn't been seen in Chicago since July 5, 2003, when 10 homicides occurred, reports the Chicago Tribune. Police say the various shootings were unconnected (though two 30-something men did die in one shooting). Among the dead are two 19-year-olds; a woman in her 20s; a 25-year-old man shot in the head, chest, and groin; and a 60-year-old man, NBC Chicago reports.
"It's unfortunate to have this many murders in one day," says an officer. "Is this the worst it has been? No. We've got to put it into perspective." Police say one of the nine gunshot deaths wasn't a homicide but was accidental: 11-year-old Antwone J. Price was shot by a family member who was fooling around with a gun. His father and grandfather previously died in shootings, his family says. Over 36 hours from Tuesday afternoon to early Thursday, the death toll reached 12. Homicides have now spiked 20% in Chicago over last year, with 294 as of Aug. 23, compared to 244 by that date in 2014.