Chicago: No. 2 in the Nation for Murder -- and Rising With a Bullet

By Pete Winn | May 30, 2012 | 9:20 PM EDT

In this photo taken Thursday, March 29, 2012, Chicago police are seen outside a convenience store on the city's South Side where six males were shot, one fatally, during the early evening. (AP Photo/Chicago Sun-Times, Brian Jackson)

( - President Obama’s hometown of Chicago is Number 2 on the Top 10 list of Big Cities when it comes to murder – and is on a path to overtake New York as the murder capital of the United States.

According to statistics released by the Chicago Police Department, there have already been 192 murders in Chicago through May 20 of this year – a figure that is 52 percent higher than the 126 reported during the same period last year.

It also puts Chicago well above the 184 murders reported for the first six months of 2011, the latest statistics available.

In fact, based on the FBI’s Uniform Crime Statistics for the first six months of 2011, Chicago is currently number two in the nation among big cities with a population of 250,000 or more when it comes to the number of murders.

New York City – which has more than three times the population of Chicago -- topped the list with 227 murders; followed by Chicago at No. 2 with 184; Detroit in third place with 173; Philadelphia in fourth with 158, Los Angeles was fifth at 148; New Orleans was No. 6 with 105 murders.

Baltimore was seventh (101); Houston was number eight (96); Dallas was ninth (76) and St. Louis (69) was No. 10, reporting 56 murders in the first half of 2011.

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