Over this past weekend, seven were killed and many others shot in a spree of gun violence that ravaged the city. This is being seen as a continuation of a trend that has plagued Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city, since the previous summer.
As reported by Fox News, “more than 45 people were shot, including a 14-year-old boy, and seven were killed in Chicago citywide over the weekend,” according to the Chicago Police Department.
“There were 36 shootings reported from 6 p.m. Friday to 11:59 p.m. Sunday, while at least two others were stabbed, including one victim who succumbed to his injuries, Chicago Police Department said. Information released by the authorities so far indicates the slain victims ranged in age from 17 to 37,” Fox continued.
The youngest of those who have died was shot while driving this past Sunday where he crashed his car after sustained a bullet wound. The youngest of the survivors of the spree of gun violence was just 14 years old.
“Of the 46 people shot, the youngest victim to survive, a 14-year-old boy, was on the sidewalk in the city’s Grand Crossing neighborhood shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday when he was shot in the hand and calf and also suffered a graze wound to his head, police said. He was taken to a local children’s hospital and police are still looking for his attacker,” Fox stated.
Of the 46 people who were shot this past weekend, twelve were apparently targeted during a particularly violent two-hour window on Saturday night.
Chicago has been plagued and is suffering through a spike in gun violence since this past May, following the release of COVID-19 related lockdown and in the wake of national anti-racism and anti-police brutality protests that appear to have started the city down the path to a decline in aggressive policing. The cost was great in 2020 which was the highest the city has seen since 2016 when at the time the south and west sides were deep into a gang war, but 2021 is already on track to be much, much worse.
According to a report by Chicago’s Fox affiliate, Fox 32, the city is already creeping up on 200 homicides this year, and it is only the start of May.
“Nearly twice as many people were shot in Chicago this past weekend as the previous one, with homicides closing in on the 200 marks just four months into the year,” the news source stated this past Monday. “To date this year, at least 1,040 people have been shot in Chicago and there have been at least 195 homicides.”
This past April is showing to be only slightly less deadly than last years with five fewer dead, but only because fewer people died as a direct result of a gunshot wound.
“Statistics included in a news release from the Chicago Police Department reveal that a troubling rise in gun violence this year shows little sign of slowing down. The city had five fewer homicides this April than last April, but the number of shooting victims increased to 299 from 225,” WGN News reported this past week. “So far this year, 997 people have been shot, compared with 718 last year. The city has had 87 homicides — 31 more than during the same period last year.”