By Tracy Swartz
4:48 PM CST, January 2, 2013
Gage Park, Grand Boulevard and North Lawndale each saw two homicides in the past week, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.
In Gage Park, a 19-year-old man was shot to death Tuesday in the 5800 block of South Sacramento Avenue, police said. Six days earlier, a 32-year-old man was fatally shot in the 2800 block of West 53rd Street, according to officials.
In Grand Boulevard, a 29-year-old man was shot to death Tuesday in the 4500 block of South Champlain Avenue, police said. Two days earlier, a 28-year-old man was fatally shot in the 200 block of East 51st Street, according to officials.
In North Lawndale, a 33-year-old woman and a 4-year-old girl died after a fire Saturday in the 4200 block of West 21st Place, according to officials. The fire was ruled an arson, and the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office ruled the deaths homicides.
Citywide, gunshot homicides were logged in the last week in Austin, Irving Park, Roseland and West Town, according to RedEye data.
Chicago this week ended 2012 with 513 homicides, a 15 percent increase from 448 homicides in 2011, RedEye determined based on data from the Medical Examiner's Office and police.
The police department announced Tuesday it ended the year with 506 homicides.
Unlike the police department, RedEye organizes homicides based on the date the incident occurred, not the date the victim died. RedEye also includes fatal shootings where charges may not have been brought against the shooter because the shooting was an accident or in self-defense.
Both the police and RedEye do not count in their totals fatal shootings by police officers and DUI incidents that result in homicide charges.
December ended this week with 25 homicides; 37 homicides were logged in December 2011, RedEye data shows.
Three homicides have been recorded so far this month. Forty homicides were recorded in January 2012, RedEye determined.
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