By the end of 2017, the year was on pace to be another record for gun violence in Chicago with 3566 shooting victims and 674 homicides. In 2016 there were 4369 shooting victims and 795 homicides. (These homicide statistics include non-gun related deaths, though the vast majority involve firearms.)
Much of the rise in violence can be linked to gang conflict over territory and drug dealing as well as easy access to illegal guns. There are deeper societal problems, though, including long histories of poverty, racism, a neglect by the city in some of the more crime-ridden neighborhoods, and a distrust of police.
This video is a look at scenes of Chicago violence, confrontations with police and the aftermath of the loss of a loved one.