Christmas in Chicago less violent than in recent years

BY ELYSSA CHERNEY
CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS

Chicago saw one of its least violent Christmas holidays in recent years, with far fewer people shot over the long weekend than in 2016, according to authorities.

A total of 25 people were shot, five fatally, from Friday afternoon to Tuesday morning, according to data kept by the Chicago Tribune.

That’s a stark drop from last year, when 61 people were shot, 11 fatally, in one of the city’s bloodiest Christmas holidays in decades. Seven people were killed on Christmas Day alone in 2016, more than on the holiday the previous three years combined.

Christmas fatality
This year, Albert Abu was killed in Chatham on the South Side just after midnight on Christmas Day. He was on the sidewalk when two people came up and fired shots, killing him on the block where he lived.

He was the sole fatal shooting victim in Chicago on Monday.

On Christmas Days in previous years, three people were killed in 2015, one in 2014 and two in 2013, according to Tribune data.

Robber killed
On Christmas Eve this year, a 37-year-old man was fatally shot while trying to rob a shopper in the South Loop neighborhood, police said. The shopper, 31, held a concealed carry license from Indiana and shot the robber, police said.

Corey Haggard was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead Monday. He lived in the Lawndale neighborhood.

In 2014, when Christmas fell on a Thursday, the four-day weekend included 35 people wounded and seven people killed, according to Tribune data. In 2015, 29 people were shot and seven of them died, according to Tribune data.

665 homicides
The total number of shooting and homicide victims this year is also trailing last year.

As of Christmas 2016, 4,300 people had been shot. The year would end with the highest number of shooting victims in Chicago in nearly two decades.

As of Tuesday, there have been 665 homicides and 3,534 people shot, according to Tribune data.

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