Murders have spiked by 49 percent this year compared to last year, and 81 percent over the same time period in 2014.
With more than 450 murders so far in 2016, Chicago is on pace for its highest overall murder count since at least 2012, when 504 were recorded in the entire year.
Overall shooting incidents — at more than 2,200 and counting — have mirrored that rise, with a 48 percent spike so far in 2016.
Police blame gangs for a disproportionate share of the city’s violent crime.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said on Saturday that about 1,400 people — many of them gangs members — are driving 85 percent of the city’s gun violence.
The two suspects in Aldridge’s death are both documented gang members, police said.
Tragically, many of the shooting victims get caught in the crossfire.