Illinois

1 of Chicago's bloodiest years ends with 764 homicides

  • FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2016, file photo, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks during a news conference in Chicago. One of the bloodiest years on record in Chicago ended with 762 homicides and more than 3,500 shooting incidents, in 2016, according to crime statistics released by police on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Tae-Gyun Kim, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2016, file photo, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks during a news conference in Chicago. One of the bloodiest years on record in Chicago ended with 762 homicides and more than 3,500 shooting incidents, in 2016, according to crime statistics released by police on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Tae-Gyun Kim, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2016, file photo, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks during a news conference in Chicago. One of the bloodiest years on record in Chicago ended with 762 homicides and more than 3,500 shooting incidents, in 2016, according to crime statistics released by police on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Tae-Gyun Kim, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2016, file photo, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks during a news conference in Chicago. One of the bloodiest years on record in Chicago ended with 762 homicides and more than 3,500 shooting incidents, in 2016, according to crime statistics released by police on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Tae-Gyun Kim, File)  (The Associated Press)

One of the bloodiest years on record in Chicago ended with 762 homicides and more than 3,500 shooting incidents.

Police released crime statistics on Sunday that reveal rampant gun violence. Not only were nearly 200 more homicides and more than 1,000 more shooting incidents than there were in 2015, but the total number of homicides was the highest since 1997.

The statistics also show that the bulk of the homicides were in five of the city's poorest neighborhoods on the South and West sides, where violent street gangs are most active.

The police department has long lamented the flood of illegal guns into the city. Sunday's statistics show that the 8,300 illegal guns recovered in 2016 represents a 20 percent increase from the year before.