Chicago Rings in New Year With First Homicide

It happened hours after Laquan McDonald-related emails were released.

A 24-year-old man was shot in the chest a few minutes after 2 a.m. in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood, according to police. He was pronounced dead at the scene and the shooter is at large, a police spokeswoman said. The investigation is ongoing.

Another man, 38, was hurt in the brawl, according to police. He transported himself to a nearby hospital and is listed in good condition after being shot in his hand, officials said.

This is the first homicide of 2016 in a city that saw a sharp increase in murders last year.

While overall crime went down in the city last year, murders and shooting incidents were on the rise in 2015, police reports show. There were 468 reported murders in the city in 2015, a 13 percent increase from 2014, according to police. There were 2,427 shooting incidents last year, a 16 percent spike from 2014.

On Dec. 31, the city released thousands of emails related to the McDonald case after a weeks-long request from media organizations. The emails appear to show a carefully coordinated response to the teen's shooting between the mayor's office, police and the agency that reviews police-involved shootings -- all of which have been harshly criticized for the way the case was handled.

Emanuel cut his Cuban vacation short this week and returned to Chicago to respond to another police shooting, this time involving an allegedly mentally unstable man and a neighbor. Two people died in that shooting.

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