WATCH: Behind the News, Chicago Weekend Crime

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Heavy.com Video Contributor, Marcus DiPaola, takes the streets of Chicago covering the constant shootings occurring in the middle of the night.

Chicago’s South and West side have been known for gun violence, and shootings have risen in the last year. Between 2015 and 2016, Chicago experienced 58 percent more homicides and 43 percent more fatalities from shootings than any other year, according to a study by the University of Chicago.

The study states that increases in homicides in American cities can be typical, but not in large cities like Chicago. Their research shows that this sudden boost came about in the month of January 2016 alone. Homicides and shootings skyrocketed compared to 2015 rates and continuously worsened as 2016 went along. The increase was mostly in gun crimes, and other crimes did not change nearly as much.