Murders in North Afghanistan, Um, I Mean Chicago, Hit 400

Homicides in Chicago have reached a new high this year, even as recent data show that surging gun violence in the Windy City has slowed from its devastating midsummer heights.  With still three months of the year ahead, Chicago has seen 400 murders so far in 2012 as of Friday, marking a 25 percent increase over last year’s numbers, WGN reports.

They must be so proud.

“The city has gone wild. It’s no longer just gang killing, it’s random killing,” Trotter told the AP.  Last week, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy touted that, although the city got off to a violent start this year, its murder rate in September was down 30 percent, according to CBS Chicago. McCarthy also said shootings have been on the decline for five consecutive months.  Gun violence still proved fatal for 25-year-old Chicagoan Jose Escobar, who was gunned down early Sunday outside Johnny O’s Hot Dogs, a 24-hour stand located at 35th and Morgan in the city’s Bridgeport neighborhood, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

So proud…