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Chicago reaches 500 homicides with fatal shooting

10:08 AM, Dec 28, 2012   |    comments
JUNE 11, 2012: Dolores Walker leaves the Cook County Medical Examiner's office after identifying the remains of her son on June 11, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Walker's son, Joseph Briggs, who recently turned 16, was shot and killed while sitting on a stoop in Chicago's Marquette Park neighborhood on Saturday. Briggs was one of at least 8 people killed and at least 43 wounded in shootings in Chicago this past weekend. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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CHICAGO -- Chicago has logged its 500th homicide of 2012.
    
The last time the city reached the 500-homicide mark was in 2008, when the year ended with 512 killings. Last year, city records show Chicago had 435 homicides.
    
On Thursday, officials with the Chicago Police Department said the city was one homicide away from the 500 mark. Hours later, a 40-year-old man was fatally shot in the Austin neighborhood on the city's West Side. Police say Nathaniel Jackson was found on the sidewalk outside a convenience store with a gunshot wound to the head late Thursday.
    
The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office says Jackson was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital early Friday.
    
Jackson's death remains under investigation. No arrests have been made.

Associated Press

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