Yet another bloody weekend in the city of Chicago…….and the government is mad at Spike Lee for making an educational film about it.
Chicago’s bloody weekend spilled into the workweek, as 14 people were shot in the city over a 15-hour period from late Monday night to early Tuesday morning.
At least six people died. They included a pregnant woman and her mother, who were struck by a “barrage of bullets” in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, NBC Chicago reports. The woman’s 11-month-old child was also injured in the shooting, although he is expected to recover.
Two men were injured in the same shooting and taken to the hospital, one of them in critical condition, WGN reports.
“You have an innocent family coming home from a family outing. Somebody opens fire on two women, a child and two men,” Chicago Deputy Police Chief Eugene Roy told the media. “In a second, two generations of that child’s family were wiped out.”
The city has been suffering a series of late-summer shootings. This week’s gun violence follows two weekends in a row during which more than 50 people were shot. According to the Chicago Tribune, that alarming statistic is a first since the paper began tracking shootings in the city four years ago.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel used the shootings to call for stricter gun control, which has been a central theme of his administration.
“I’m gonna try to control my anger,” Emanuel said at a press conference on Tuesday. “We have way too many guns on the streets of the city of Chicago, with too little values, and the penalties that don’t match the values of the city of Chicago.”
Come on Chicago we got to do better.