Report: 40 shot, 5 dead after another violent weekend in Chicago

October 21, 2019

Despite having some of the strictest gun laws in the entire U.S., Chicago doesn’t seem to be getting any better at curbing gun violence.

Over the weekend, at least 40 people were wounded and five lost their lives in multiple shootings in different parts of the city, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Some of the victims are still in serious or critical condition, according to ABC 7 Chicago, so the number of gun deaths could rise even higher.

The shootings took place between 5 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Monday, according to ABC 7. Last weekend, eight people were fatally shot in the city and another 20 were wounded.

The Chicago Tribune reported Monday that gun deaths make up the majority of all homicides in Chicago. The South and West Sides of the city have more homicides than other areas, and most of the victims are young, black men.

A weekend of tragedy

Among the losses: Creval Smith was standing on the sidewalk in Lawndale on the West Side around 9 p.m. on Saturday when he was killed after multiple shots were fired. No one else was hurt in the incident, according to ABC 7.

Three other teens were shot, one fatally in an apartment in Homan Square during a party around 10 p.m. Saturday. The other two were taken to the hospital after the shooting.

Early Sunday morning, a man and woman were found shot in a parking lot in Princeton Park on the South Side. The man was pronounced dead but the woman was still alive and was hospitalized in serious condition.

Around 5 p.m. Sunday, a 20-year-old man was shot in the neck with a handgun inside a home in Englewood. No details about his death have been released.

Finally, three men standing on the sidewalk in Austin on the West Side were shot and one died after someone inside a vehicle began shooting.

Looking forward

A teacher’s strike in Chicago means that children will not be going to school on Monday, which could lead to more violence as teens with too much time on their hands roam the streets, according to the Tribune. Meanwhile, Chicago’s teachers are already among the highest-paid in the country even as student test scores continue to be dismal overall.

The sky-high number of shootings coupled with a liberal-run government for decades have made Chicago a place that is less safe and less prosperous than most other places in the U.S.

Chicago needs a federal concealed carry law to enable law-abiding citizens to protect themselves. It’s clear the liberals in charge can’t do it.

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Jen Krausz

Jen Krausz is a Conservative Institute staff writer. A lifelong member of the Republican Party, she has an English degree from a liberal arts college and has contributed to numerous publications including Newsmax.