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Is Chicago’s heat wave responsible for the increase in violence?

CHICAGO, IL – MAY 20: Police clash with demonstrators protesting the NATO Summit during a march through downtown streets on May 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Today is the first day of the two-day summit. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Is the current heat wave in Chicago exacerbating the already high number of shootings that have occurred in the city’s neighborhoods? The Chicago Tribune reported yesterday that fifteen people were shot and wounded in just 6 hours on the streets of Chicago. It was another hot day in the city with temperatures in the upper 90’s.

Most of the Shootings have been on the south and west sides, but not exclusively. The north side had a drive by shooting occur around 7:30 p.m., in the Sheridan Park neighborhood near the 4400 block of North Racine Avenue on Tuesday, when a gunman taking aim at a man on a North Side street also wounded two young women.

Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy doesn’t believe in a causal relationship between the hot summer and the rise in shootings. He attributes it to the fracturing of the gangs into a large number of smaller cliques.

That fact that there are a number of smaller gangs doesn’t necessarily diminish the possibility that the excessive heat is leading to a rise in violence.

Click here to read more about the link between the hot weather and violent crime.

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