It’s crazy. Whether it’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot or the people in charge of the Chicago Police Department (CPD), they do a good job of talking about curbing shootings in the city of Chicago. But all of that talk has seemingly done very little to actually slow shooting numbers in the Chicagoland area.
Another weekend is in the books, and the city of Chicago saw nine more people dead with another 32 wounded as a result of shootings across the Windy City.
Here’s an example of the violence from this past weekend, according to the Chicago Sun-Times:
About 1:55 p.m., two vehicles were northbound side by side in an alley in the 2000 block of East 69th Street when someone in one vehicle began firing at the other, Chicago police said.
A 26-year-old was struck in the back and was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office hasn’t released details of his death.
The other man, 32, was struck in the abdomen and thigh and taken to the same hospital in critical condition, police said.
While at least 41 people being shot over a weekend might seem like a lot to the average person, the number is actually less than some recent weekend numbers that make it seem like Chicago’s criminals are trying to set a high score.
The following weekend dates are from Friday evening to early Monday morning, unless noted as a holiday weekend:
July 4-8 (Independence Day weekend): 6 killed, 63 wounded
June 28 - July 1: 4 killed, 52 wounded
June 7-10: 3 killed, 41 wounded
May 31 - June 3: 8 killed, 44 wounded
May 24-28 (Memorial Day weekend): 7 killed, 36 wounded
Keep in mind that numbers being reported are weekend numbers and don't count the shootings that also happen during the week.
All of these shootings came around the same time that the CPD touted that in the first six months of 2019 Chicago, compared to the first six months of 2018, had its lowest number of shootings in the last four years.
The criminals of Chicago seem to be playing a game of catch-up in trying to equal or surpass previous years' numbers.
Who knows? Maybe one of these days, Chicago politicians will actually get serious about decreasing the violence in their neighborhoods.