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October 5, 2015 -- Police are standing down and violent criminals are stepping up gun violence in America's urban areas.

Among those facing an increase in violent gun violence is Chicago where fatal shootings spiked last month to the highest count for September since 2002.

The year began with a decrease in gun crimes, but after the media revealed the police were standing down to black violence, the Chicago homicide rate increased to near record highs.

The spike in gun violence coincided with the April riots in Baltimore. Gun violence rose dramatically in June as depicted in the above chart.

The Chicago Tribune reports that 2015 is "shaping up" to be the deadliest year in Chicago's history.

By the of September there had been 2,351 shootings in Chicago, year to date. 1,767 of the victims were ages 15 to 39, or 75 percent of shooting victims during that time span.

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A violent September in Chicago ended with more homicides than any other month this year and the second-most shootings, according to data kept by the Chicago Tribune's breaking news desk. Though the summer months in Chicago have traditionally been the most violent, shootings last month decreased little from August and there were about 50 percent more shootings than September 2014.

Looking beyond 2012, last month was the city's deadliest September since 2002, according to a Tribune analysis. For two consecutive weekends there were more than 50 people shot, the first time that has happened in the four years that the Tribune has been tracking shootings.

The charts below show shootings and homicides in Chicago since 2012. The data are compiled by Tribune reporters about shooting victims, and could be different from city data on shooting incidents.

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