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Why Is Chicago’s Murder Clearance Rate So Low?

A Hermosa man charged in the shooting death of a two-year-old boy was arrested Friday after community members identified him to police.

Alexander Varela, 27, allegedly ordered the shooting that left Julien Gonzalez dead and an 18-year-old man wounded. Verela was charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm in the Oct. 6 shooting.

The gunman is still at-large, which it turns out, is more common than you might think.

The Chicago Police Department often struggles to identify and arrest murder suspects ― police solved fewer than one in six homicides in the first half of 2018, according to a USA Today report.

The city’s “murder clearance rate” ― the percentage of murders solved by CPD ― hit a new low in 2017 and has continued to decline.

Morning Shift discusses CPD murder clearance rates and how they compare with rates in other major American cities.

GUESTS: Jeremy Gorner, Chicago Tribune crime reporter 

Thomas K. Hargrove, founder and chairman of the nonprofit Murder Accountability Project which tracks unsolved homicides nationwide

LEARN MORE: Hermosa Gang Member Charged In Connection With Fatal Shooting Of 2-Year-Old (CBS 10/22/18)

Gang member charged with ordering shooting that killed Chicago 2-year-old: police (WGN 10/22/18)

Chicago police solve one in every 20 shootings. Here are some reasons why that's so low. (Chicago Tribune 8/8/18)

Chicago police solved fewer than one in six homicides in the fi​rst half of 2018 (USA Today 9/21/18)

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