We told you last month when the city of Chicago had a bloody Father’s Day weekend with 7 deaths and 26 shootings, now just shy of a month later it’s being reported that they had an even worse 4th of July weekend.
Via NBC Chicago:
Twelve men were killed and at least 60 other people were wounded in shootings throughout the city for the holiday weekend. The weekend’s latest shooting took place Sunday afternoon around 3:30 p.m. in the 4700 block of South Ashland when two men were shot, one fatally. According to preliminary information, one man, whose age was not known, was killed in the shooting after being shot in the back and another was taken in critical condition with wounds to the arm and chest, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Joshua Purkiss.
One of the victims also included an elderly woman, 72, who was shot in the ankle, police said. No one was in custody for the shooting as of Sunday morning. A 5-year-old boy was among the wounded — shot early Friday alongside two men at a West Pullman park. Several hours earlier, a 7-year-old boy was also shot in a park — this one in Chatham. A 24-year-old man was charged Saturday in connection with the shooting of the 5-year-old boy.
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy released a statement on the weekend’s violence stating “no shooting or murder is acceptable. While to date we’ve had significantly fewer shootings and significantly fewer murders this year, there’s more work to be done and we won’t rest until everyone in Chicago enjoys the same sense of safety,” McCarthy said in the statement.
At least 16 other people were reported wounded in shootings since Friday. Additionally, Chicago Police fatally shot 17-year-old Christian Green about 1:10 p.m. Thursday in the 5600 block of South State Street after he allegedly pointed a gun at officers, authorities said. Nobody is in custody for any of the murders.
What is going on in Chicago?! They need help over there. This shouldn’t be happening this day and age. Try out some of NYC’s gun laws. They’re strict, but they help decrease gun violence. Smh #WeGotToDoBetter