L.A., Chicago Rank 1 and 2 for Gun Murders; N.O. Has Highest Rate

By Terence P. Jeffrey | August 2, 2013 | 12:14pm EDT

Los Angeles police approach a wounded gunman, 26-year-old Tyler Brehm, who had fired on cars at Hollywood and Vine streets on Dec. 9, 2011, killing record company executive John Atterberry. Brehm died as a result of being shot by police. (AP Photo/Gregory Bojorquez)


The Los Angeles and Chicago metropolitan areas had the most gun murders among the nation’s fifty most-populous metropolitan areas in 2009 and 2010 (the latest years for which data is available), according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

During those two years, 1,141 people were gunned to death in the Los Angeles metropolitan area and 1,139 were gunned to death in the Chicago metropolitan area. The New York metropolitan area ranked third with 1,101 gun homicides.

The Los Angeles, Chicago and New York metropolitan areas also ranked one, two and three for the number of young people, ages 10-19, who were killed by guns in 2009-2010, with 251 10-19 year olds being gunned down in Los Angeles, 213 in Chicago and 203 in New York.

The New Orleans metropolitan area, however, had the highest rate of gun murders, with 19 out of every 100,000 people in the area being gunned to death in 2009-2010.

New Orleans also had the highest rate of gun homicides in which young people, 10-19 years of age, were the victims. 25.6 of every 100,000 in this age bracket in the New Orleans area were gunned to death in 2009-2010.

Here is how the nation’s metropolitan areas ranked for gun homicides in 2009-2010:

 

Overall number of gun murders:

1. Los Angeles.......................1,141

2. Chicago..............................1,139

3. New York.............................1,101

4. Philadelphia...........................729

5. Houston..................................701

6. Detroit.....................................686

7. Miami.......................................594

8. Dallas......................................469

9. Washington.............................440

10. San Francisco......................439

 

Gun murders per 100,000 people:

1. New Orleans...........................19.0

2. Memphis...................................9.4

3. Detroit.......................................8.6

4. Birmingham..............................8.4

5. St. Louis...................................8.1

6. Baltimore..................................7.7

7. Jacksonville..............................7.4

8. Kansas City..............................6.8

9. Philadelphia..............................6.2

 

Gun murders of persons 10-19 years of age:

1. Los Angeles...............................................251

2. Chicago......................................................213

3. New York....................................................203

4. Philadelphia................................................124

5. Detroit.........................................................119

6. San Francisco............................................101

7. Houston........................................................83

8. St. Louis.......................................................82

9. Miami............................................................81

10. Washington................................................76

 

Gun murders per 100,000 persons 10-19 years of age:

1. New Orleans.............................................................25.6

2. Kansas City...............................................................11.3

3. Memphis...................................................................10.7

4. St. Louis....................................................................10.6

5. San Francisco.............................................................9.9

6. Detroit..........................................................................9.5

7. Chicago.......................................................................7.9

8. Philadelphia.................................................................7.5

9. Jacksonville.................................................................7.1

10. Los Angeles..............................................................6.7

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