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9-year-old boy fatally shot on the last day of a deadly July in Chicago

August 1, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A 9-year-old boy heading to his friend's house was fatally shot in Chicago in the waning hours of July -- a violent month in which police say the number of murders in the city jumped nearly 140% from the previous year.

(CNN)A 9-year-old boy heading to his friend's house was fatally shot in Chicago in the waning hours of July -- a violent month in which police say the number of murders in the city jumped nearly 140% from the previous year.

Through July 26, 212 children have been shot -- 36 fatally -- in Chicago so far this year, according to police.

July was a deadly month in Chicago that opened with the fatal shootings of a 7-year-old and a 14-year-old.

Chicago had a 51% increase in murders -- from 290 to 440 -- and roughly the same percentage spike in shooting victims -- from 1,480 to 2,240 -- during the first seven months of 2020 compared to the same period last year, according to the police department's latest statistics.

Police said they have seized more than 5,600 illegal guns and made 3,700 gun arrests so far this year -- a 5% increase from 2019.

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