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August Chicago's Deadliest Month In Two Decades

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An analysis of the homicide toll in Chicago in August - the deadliest month in the city in two decades - shows more clearly than ever who's dying in the slaughter and what's behind it.

Young African-American men are the chief victims of surging violence in a handful of the city's most impoverished neighborhoods, which are riven by loosely organized street gangs.

In a city that's one-third black, 71 of those killed in August were African American. Another 11 had Hispanic surnames. Almost half were in their teens or early 20s.

And more than 70 percent of those shot to death appeared on the Chicago police's "Strategic Subject List," which includes 1,400 people considered likely targets of violence based on gang involvement or criminal record.