By Tracy Swartz
3:04 PM PDT, March 21, 2012
Chicago on Wednesday reached 100 homicides for the year--the fastest the city has hit this mark in at least seven years, RedEye and police data show.
Seventeen homicides have been recorded in the last week--including four each on Saturday and Sunday, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police information found.
Chicago has not reached 100 homicides in March since 2004, when the city logged 106 homicides before April 1, according to police data. The city reached 100 homicides last year on April 26, RedEye data shows.
Citywide, gunshot homicides were recorded in the last week in Auburn Gresham, Chicago Lawn, Englewood, Gage Park, Greater Grand Crossing, Humboldt Park, the Near West Side, New City, Washington Heights, West Englewood, West Lawn, West Ridge and Woodlawn, data shows.
In the last week, South Lawndale recorded three homicides, police data shows.
On Wednesday, a man was fatally shot in the 2800 block of South Kildare Avenue, officials said. On Saturday, a 6-year-old girl was shot to death in the 3100 block of South Springfield Avenue, police said. Three days earlier, a 19-year-old man was fatally shot in the 3000 block of South St. Louis Avenue, officials said.
Meanwhile, a 58-year-old man was beaten to death Sunday in the 3500 block of West Lawrence Avenue in Albany Park, police said.
Thirty-three homicides have been recorded so far in March. Police logged 22 homicides in March last year, RedEye found.
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