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Violence Reduction - Victims of Homicides and Non-Fatal Shootings

Violence Reduction - Victims of Homicides and Non-Fatal Shootings

This dataset contains individual-level homicide and non-fatal shooting victimizations from 2016 to the present. Each row represents a single victimization, i.e., a unique event when an individual became the victim of a violent index crime. Each row does not represent a unique victim—if someone is victimized multiple times there will be multiple rows for each of those distinct events.

These classifications are slightly different from the Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) traditional Illinois Uniform Crime Reporting (IUCR) classifications of criminal incidents. "Fatal Shooting," "Non-Shooting Homicide," and "Non-Fatal Shooting" are not IUCR primary descriptions (IUCR primary descriptions do not specify type of injury). However, due to the severity of gun violence in Chicago, the City has chosen to depart slightly from IUCR primary descriptions used in this dataset to highlight injuries caused by guns.

The dataset is refreshed daily, but excludes the most recent complete day to allow CPD time to gather the best available information. Each time the dataset is refreshed, records can change as CPD learns more about each victimization, especially those victimizations that are most recent. The data on the Mayor's Office Violence Reduction Dashboard is updated daily with an approximately 48-hour lag. As cases are passed from the initial reporting officer to the investigating detectives, some recorded data about incidents and victimizations may change once additional information arises. Regularly updated datasets on the City's public portal may change to reflect new or corrected information.

A version of this dataset with additional crime types is available by request. To make a request, please email <a href=" Reduction Victims Access Request"></a> with the subject line: <b>Violence Reduction Victims Access Request</b>. Access will require an account on this site, which you may create at

Note: The definition of “homicide” (shooting or otherwise) does not include justifiable homicide or involuntary manslaughter. This dataset also excludes any cases that CPD considers to be “unfounded” or “noncriminal.” Officer-involved shootings are also excluded; when an officer discharges their weapon, a separate case report is generated using one of the following IUCR codes: 5060, 5103, 5104, 5140, 5141, 5142.

Note: The initial reporting officer usually asks victims to report demographic data. If victims are unable to recall, the reporting officer will use their best judgment. “Unknown” can be reported if it is truly unknown.


NameSocrata field nameColumn name in sgr mountData typeDescription
DISTRICTdistrictdistrictNumberThe CPD district where the victimization occurred. Please refer to the City of Chicago’s Data Portal for a map of districts.
Community Areas:@computed_region_vrxf_vc4k:@computed_region_vrxf_vc4kNumber
RACEraceraceTextCrime classification as outlined in the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR). See the Chicago Police Department listing of these classifications at
AGEageageTextAge of the victims grouped by decade.
SEXsexsexTextSex of the victims. Victimization demographic data shown here are captured by CPD and limited to information included in the police report, which may not often be supported by individual self-identification including for sex/gender. In particular, CPD has historically recorded a victim’s sex rather than gender although has added a field for collecting gender as of January 2021.
AREAareaareaNumberThe CPD area where the victimization occurred. There are 5 CPD areas. Each area includes 3-4 police districts.
FBI_CDfbi_cdfbi_cdTextCrime classification as outlined in the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR). See the Chicago Police Department listing of these classifications at
DAY_OF_WEEKday_of_weekday_of_weekNumberDay of the week when the victimization occurred.
PRIMARY_TYPEprimary_typeprimary_typeTextDescribes the type of violent index victimization. In some cases, it is the standard IUCR primary description. In other cases, the primary description has been modified to capture all gun injuries. The IUCR code has not been modified. See the full list of original IUCR primary descriptions at
MONTHmonthmonthNumberMonth when the victimization occurred.
ZIP_CODEzip_codezip_codeTextZip code where the victimization occurred.
BEATbeatbeatTextThe CPD beat where the victimization occurred. A beat is the smallest CPD geographic area. Each beat has a dedicated police beat car. Three to five beats make up a police sector, and three sectors make up a police district. The Chicago Police Department has 22 police districts. Please refer to the City of Chicago’s Data Portal for a map of beats.
FBI_DESCRfbi_descrfbi_descrTextFBI Description connects a text description of the category to FBI Code.
UNIQUE_IDunique_idunique_idTextID unique to each victimization.
LOCATIONlocationlocationPointA slightly altered location of the victimization in a form that allows for mapping and other geographic analysis on this data portal.
STREET OUTREACH ORGANIZATIONoutreach_organizationoutreach_organizationTextStreet outreach organization refers to organizations that actively work in “the streets” to engage individuals who are at immediate or high risk of being either victims or perpetrators of violence. Each organization has specific geographic boundaries where they focus their activities. This indicates which organization(s) is (are) active in the location where the ShotSpotter alert occurred and may contain more than one organization as several outreach organizations’ boundaries overlap.
LONGITUDElongitudelongitudeNumberThe longitude of the victimization location. This has been slightly altered to preserve anonymity. (see details under LATITUDE).
CASE_NUMBERcase_numbercase_numberTextThe Chicago Police Department RD Number (Records Division Number), which is a unique ID assigned to each incident. Due to an incident sometimes involving multiple victimizations, this number is repeated in this dataset for some incidents.
BLOCKblockblockTextThe partially redacted address where the victimization occurred, placing it on the same block as the actual address.
WARDwardwardNumberThe City Council district in which the victimization occurred. Please refer to the city of Chicago’s Data Portal for a map of the 50 wards.
IUCR_SECONDARYiucr_secondaryiucr_secondaryTextIUCR Secondary adds more description to the Primary category.
Boundaries - ZIP Codes:@computed_region_rpca_8um6:@computed_region_rpca_8um6Number
DATEdatedateCalendar dateDate when the victimization occurred. This is sometimes a best estimate.
IUCR_CDiucr_cdiucr_cdTextBased on the Illinois Uniform Crime Reporting code. This is directly linked to the Primary Type and Description. See the list of IUCR codes at
COMMUNITY_AREAcommunity_areacommunity_areaTextThe community area where the victimization occurred. Chicago has 77 community areas. See the full list of Chicago’s community areas at
Police Beats:@computed_region_d3ds_rm58:@computed_region_d3ds_rm58Number
HOURhourhourNumberHour of the day when the victimization occurred.
LATITUDElatitudelatitudeNumberThe latitude of the victimization location. In order to preserve anonymity, the given coordinates are not the actual location of the crime. To produce slightly altered coordinates, a circle roughly the size of an average city block was drawn around the original point location, and a new location was picked randomly from a spot around the circumference of that circle.
Police Districts:@computed_region_d9mm_jgwp:@computed_region_d9mm_jgwpNumber

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