Four Dead, 39 Wounded in Deadly Chicago Weekend


In what could be construed as a typical weekend in Chicago, four people were killed and another 39 were wounded.

Fox 32 in Chicago gave some examples of the violence:

Glennell Fairley, 21, was playing basketball with a 15-year-old boy about 10:45 p.m. at Ogden Park, 6500 S. Racine Ave. when someone opened fire, police and the medical examiner’s office said.

Fairley, was shot in the chest and arm and taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died at 12:03 a.m. Sunday, authorities said. Fairley lived in the 6600 block of South Marshfield.

Kendall Smith, 22, was standing on a sidewalk in the 11200 block of South Michigan when he heard gunshots about 9:30 p.m. and realized he’d been shot in the torso, authorities said.

He was taken to Christ Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:58 p.m., authorities said.

The weekly Chicago-weekend shooting numbers have become common place for the Second City. At least it wasn’t a holiday weekend like the previous Independence Day weekend, when 14 people were fatally shot and 68 others were wounded.

This comes from a city with some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. There are literally no gun stores within the city limits of Chicago. You can only purchase guns in Chicago at sporting goods stores in the surrounding suburbs.

But as we all know, criminals and gang members don’t particularly like registering their weapons. Placing strict gun laws on people that didn’t adhere to the law to begin with is about as futile as the Chicago Cubs' efforts for a World Series ring.

The Chicago shooting numbers take into account incidents that occurred between Friday evening and Monday morning.

According to the Chicago Tribune:

Weekend gun violence in Chicago pushed the number of people shot in the city this year to around 2,100 — about 700 more than this time last year.

So far this year, there have been at least 344 homicides in Chicago.  That's 102 more than this time last year, according to data kept by the Tribune.

If the shootings keep up at this pace, Chicago could have a record-breaking year…and not in a good way.

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