Chicago closed out 2012 with 506 homicides, a 16 percent increase from the previous year.
Meanwhile, the city opened New Year's Day with three homicides and a dozen other people wounded in gun violence.
In 2012, Chicago recorded 506 homicides — the first time since 2008 the number of killings topped 500 and the second time since 2003.
In 87 percent of Chicago's 2012 homicides, the deceased died from a gunshot wound, said Melissa Stratton, spokeswoman for the Chicago Police Department.
In the first homicide of 2013, a 20-year-old man was killed in West Town, police and the Cook County medical examiner's office said.
Octavius Dontrell Lamb, 20, was shot in the throat in the 700 block of North Noble around 3:45 a.m. Tuesday. Lamb was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital at 4:16 a.m., according to the medical examiner's office.
Besides Lamb, Kevin Jemison, 29, was shot in the head about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, in the 4500 block of South Champlain Avenue in the Grand Boulevard neighborhood, authorities said. Jemison, of the 4700 block of South Michigan Avenue, was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center where he died less than an hour later.
Just before 5 p.m., Devonta Grisson, 19, was shot in the chest during an apparent drive-by in the Southwest Side Gage Park neighborhood, in the 5800 block of South Sacramento Avenue, police said. Grisson, of the 6700 block of South Artesian Avenue, was dead at the scene, according to the medical examiner's office.
The report states that 9 others were shot in various places around the city yesterday as well. This isn’t the way to start the new year Chi-town…SMH