WBEZ | Police Supt. Gary McCarthy http://www.wbez.org/tags/police-supt-gary-mccarthy Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago homicides up 60 percent in 3 months http://www.wbez.org/news/criminal-justice/chicago-homicides-60-percent-3-months-98163 <p><p>Chicago homicides spiked by 60 percent in the first three months of 2012 despite increased police resources in some of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods.</p><p><a href="http://trib.in/HwHxiE">The Chicago <em>Tribune</em> reports</a> that police statistics show nonfatal shootings also rose sharply in the first quarter.</p><p>Chicago police and Mayor Rahm Emanuel say the city has increased efforts to combat gang crime, including adding officers and other resources to trouble spots.</p><p>Statistics show 120 homicides from Jan. 1 through April 1 compared to 75 in the same period in 2011.</p><p>Criminologists say unseasonably warm weather might have contributed because more people are outside.</p><p>Experts say it's too early to draw hard conclusions from the early data, warning it could be misleading.</p><p>Chicago has been at historic lows for homicides in recent years.</p></p> Thu, 12 Apr 2012 09:36:10 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/criminal-justice/chicago-homicides-60-percent-3-months-98163