Almost fifty people have been shot in just under 24 hours in Chicago as part of the city’s newest streak of extreme gun violence, another link on the chain that now has been continued to grow for more than a year at this point.
In the newest burst of violence, at least seven people that we know of have been killed. This includes one Chicago police officer who was viciously shot in the line of duty this past Saturday. Yet another Chicago police officer still remains in critical condition as a result of the same incident.
This past weekend has been labelled as the worst weekend of violence in Chicago so far this year.
As reported by the Daily Wire, “[t]wenty-nine-year-old [Ella] French, a three-and-a-half-year veteran of the force, died over the weekend after she was shot during a traffic stop. French is the first officer to be shot and killed in the line of duty since [Chicago Mayor Lori] Lightfoot took office in 2019, and the first female officer to be killed since 1988.”
The Chicago Tribune went on to add that at “least 47 people were shot in less than 24 hours in Chicago, seven of them fatally, including a Chicago police officer who was killed by gunfire as she and her partner were making a traffic stop in the West Englewood neighborhood. The slain officer’s partner was also wounded and remained hospitalized Sunday from his injuries.”
There were a few other incidents that took place as well. Two mass shootings took place at separate clubs on the city’s south side.
“Seven people were shot and one killed in a mass shooting inside a lounge in 1800 block of West 87th Street in the Gresham neighborhood around 2:05 a.m,” reported the outlet. “A gunman, 24, shot a 37-year-old man twice in the neck and three times in the back after the two had a verbal altercation.”
“In the Gresham neighborhood, two nightclub security guards and three bystanders were shot when a person who was denied entrance to the club produced a gun and fired shots before fleeing the scene around 12:45 a.m.,” continued the Tribune.
As part of her official statement on Officer French’s death, Mayor Lightfoot toss the blame on guns and “the violence they bring,” despite the fact that the city’s issues with illegal guns had existed before the summer of 2020 when the city’s issues with escalating violence began.
“Today is an official day of mourning for the city,” stated Lightfoot in a tweet on Sunday. “We lost a young officer. I offer my condolences to her mother, brother, family, and friends. Please keep this officer, the officer in the hospital, and CPD in your prayers.”
“Some say we don’t do enough for the police. Others say we do too much. All of this must stop. We have a common enemy: it’s guns & the violence they bring,” she stated. “Two young people did what we asked of them: service over self. And one paid with her life.”