Chicago murder toll hits 400 for 2017

A man was shot to death early Friday near the former Cabrini-Green public housing projects on Chicago's Near North Side, according to police, marking the city's 400th homicide so far this year.

Just before 3 a.m., two men were in the 500 block of West Iowa when one, age 31, was shot multiple times in the face and the other, 34, was shot repeatedly in the abdomen, police said. The circumstances of the attack were unknown.

The older man was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition. The younger man, Kennatay K. Leavell, died at the scene at 3:09 a.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner's office. He lived in the North Side Rogers Park neighborhood.

His death, the city's 400th homicide of 2017, happened early on the 207th day of the year, meaning Chicago has logged nearly two homicides per day, according to data maintained by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Not included in that figure are five people shot dead by on-duty Chicago police officers during confrontations that are being investigated by the Independent Police Review Authority.

Additionally, the deaths of 10 people this year have been ruled homicides due to wounds that they suffered in years past.

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