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Austin, New City each record 2 homicides

2010 Census

Of the 11 homicides logged in the last week in Chicago, the West Side Austin community area and Southwest Side New City community area each saw two homicides, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

In Austin, a 14-year-old boy was shot to death Sunday in the 1100 block of North Leclaire Avenue, police said. That same day, a 33-year-old man was fatally shot in the 5000 block of West Potomac Avenue, according to officials.

Austin, which had about 98,500 residents counted in the 2010 Census, has loose borders of the Metra Milwaukee District/West Line on the north, Roosevelt Road on the south, Austin Boulevard on the west and Kenton Avenue on the east.

Austin has logged 26 homicides so far this year, the deadliest toll among Chicago's 77 community areas, RedEye found. The West Side community area recorded 31 homicides last year, down from 37 killings in 2012.

In New City, a 23-year-old man was fatally shot Monday in the 5000 block of South Winchester Avenue, police said. One day earlier, a 40-year-old man was fatally shot in the 800 block of West 50th Place, according to officials.

New City, which had about 44,300 residents counted in the 2010 Census, has loose borders of Pershing Road on the north, Garfield Boulevard on the south, Western Avenue on the west and Normal Avenue on the east.

New City has recorded eight homicides so far this year, tied with Chatham, Roseland and South Shore for the tenth highest toll among Chicago community areas.

The Southwest Side community area logged 15 homicides last year, down from 24 killings in 2012, RedEye determined.

Citywide, gunshot homicides were logged in the last week in Auburn Gresham, Chatham, Englewood, Greater Grand Crossing, Riverdale, South Lawndale and West Englewood, according to police information.

Thirty-seven homicides have been logged so far this month. Fifty-three homicides were recorded in August 2013, RedEye determined.

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