Seventeen people have been fatally shot in Chicago since the start of 2016. There were another 93 non-fatal shootings from January 1 through Sunday.
The number of people shot thus far in 2016 is more than double the figure from the same time period in 2015, according to a review by DNAinfo Chicago.
"So far this year, the majority of the gun violence we've seen are a result of chronic gang conflicts driven in part by social media commentary and petty disputes among rival factions," said Anthony Guglielmi, a Chicago Police Department spokesman.
Illegal firearms on the city's streets continue to be a significant challenge as well, Guglielmi said.
"Going forward, CPD will continue to relentlessly target gun offenders," the police spokesman stressed, noting that Interim Police Superintendent John Escalante "has increased the deployment of gang enforcement teams to help address possible acts of retaliation" in places impacted by shootings.