Chicago Observes a Grim Milestone: the 500th Murder of 2012

Chicago passed a grim milestone this week as the Midwestern metropolis recorded its 500th homicide for the year.

The Windy City passed the unfortunate marker Thursday evening, when Nathaniel Jackson, a 40-year-old man with gang affiliations and a long rap sheet, was shot and killed, just months after finishing his most recent run in prison.
Jackson, whose felony background goes back more than 20 years and who was likely associated with the city’s notorious Four Corner Hustlers street gang, according to the Chicago Tribune, was shot in the head outside a convenience store on the city’s West Side.
In a statement, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said the devastating landmark was “tragic” and “unacceptable.”
“The city has seen its 500th homicide for 2012, a tragic number that is reflective of the gang violence and proliferation of illegal guns that have plagued some of our neighborhoods,” McCarthy said.
“Every homicide in Chicago is unacceptable to me and the hardworking men and women of the Chicago Police Department, who, this year, achieved a record drop in overall crime throughout our city.”
Chicago police have yet to establish a motive in the shooting of Jackson and have no one in custody, the Tribune reported.

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