Aug. 2016: Chicago's Bloodiest Month in Two Decades

90 murders, 384 shootings, 472 shooting victims took place citywide in August.

So far this year, police in the Windy City have logged at least 468 murders and 2,848 shooting victims. This works out to nearly 12 shooting victims, on average, every single day and 59 murders every month.

Compared to the same time period last year, murders so far in 2016 have shot up by 49 percent while shooting incidents have increased by 48 percent.

Aldridge, 32, was hit by stray bullets as she pushed her newborn in a stroller shortly after enrolling one of her other children in school, ABC Chicago station WLS-TV reported.

Police have pointed the blame at gang members, many of whom have rap sheets and have committed repeat offenses using illegal guns.

Nearly 40 percent of suspects arrested for homicide in 2015 had prior arrests for gun crimes, according to a study by the University of Chicago cited by police.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said earlier last month that about 1,400 people -- many of them affiliated with gangs -- are driving 85 percent of the city's gun violence.

"The historical cycle of violence we have seen in some communities must come to an end," said CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson. "Repeat gun offenders who drive the violence on our streets should not be there in the first place and it is time to changes the laws to ensure these violent offenders are held accountable for their crimes."

The violence has fallen disproportionately on certain communities in the city. Six police districts are flat or down in murders in 2016, while five districts on the south and west sides of the city account for majority of the increase, police said.

News of the August crime statistics came Wednesday as hundreds of people gathered to honor and remember yet another young victim, Elijah Sims, who was shot and killed shortly before his 17th birthday.

Some 27 children younger than 13 have been shot in Chicago so far this year, according to WLS-TV.