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30+ people shot in Chicago over the weekend, 3 killed
Gun-controlled Chicago was the site of a citywide shooting spree this weekend. 30 people were shot, three fatally, across the city in a second consecutive weekend of deadly gun violence. This weekend’s violence comes just a week after Chicago’s deadliest weekend this year, which left 50 shot, ten fatally.
Among the wounded in this weekend’s violence was a 12-year old boy.
Weekend violence leaves 3 dead in Chicago
The three homicides occurred within a roughly 24-hour span. The first victim, a 42-year old man, was fatally shot in the back in a drive-by shooting early Saturday morning. A 49-year-old man who was with the victim sustained serious injuries to the shoulder.
The second victim, a 40-year-old man, was shot fatally in the chest and leg inside his apartment Saturday afternoon. The third victim, a 30-year-old man, was killed early Sunday morning with a fatal shot to the head by a gunman in a car.
Dozens of additional victims were injured by gunfire throughout the weekend. Among the wounded is a 12-year old boy who was seriously injured after being shot in the back on Saturday afternoon.
The spate of weekend violence came one week after Chicago’s deadliest weekend this year on May 31 through June 2, in which 52 were wounded and 10 were killed in an outbreak of gang-related shootings. According to the Chicago Tribune, more than half the victims were shot within a 12-hour burst, with four of the 31 victims killed.
More than 40 were shot, seven fatally, over Memorial Day Weekend. The statistics were similar to Memorial Day weekend last year, when 38 people were shot, at least eight fatally, according to Breitbart.
The wave of homicides comes less than a month into the tenure of Chicago’s new mayor Lori Lightfoot, the first black female and openly LGBT mayor of the city. Lightfoot took over from former mayor Rahm Emanuel.
The end of Emanuel’s tenure was marked by controversy over the hate hoax involving disgraced actor Jussie Smollett. Smollett set off a firestorm in the Windy City with false allegations that he was the victim of a bigoted attack. Smollett was criticized for wasting the time and resources of police who would otherwise have been fighting real crime in the gun violence-prone city.
Gun violence is a persistent problem in Chicago and is expected to trend up during the summer months. Chicago has notified city residents to expect an increase in police presence.
“While we don’t comment on specifics in terms of officer deployments, we have positioned saturation and tactical teams in areas of the city that we are addressing ongoing gang conflicts that are contributing to recent violence,” Chicago Police Department Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi told ABC News.
Lightfoot and Chicago’s superintendent of police, Eddie Johnson, said they are prioritizing tackling gun crime. The pair led an “Accountability Monday” meeting with police Monday after the weekend violence, the latest such event in Lightfoot’s effort to address the city’s intractable gun violence problem.
Lightfoot inherited a city plagued by gun violence like no other major city in America. The former prosecutor, who has played a role in police reform movements, promised to make Chicago safer when she took office last month. But change won’t be easy.
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