I don't know, folks. Are we supposed to be happy that the amount of people that were shot in a extended holiday weekend was about the same as a regular weekend? The correct answer is absolutely not, especially since one of the victims who died from their wounds this past weekend was an 8-year-old little girl. Does her life matter?
At least eight people were murdered and another 48 were wounded in shootings across the Chicagoland area over the Labor Day weekend. That number is only one less than the 10 that were killed and the 45 that were wounded during the previous weekend.
Here are the names of those that lost their lives in shootings over the weekend in Chicago, according to the Chicago Sun-Times:
Antonio Rogers, 22
Steven Garcia, 38
Kijuan Burrage, 24
The Sun-Times also reported that five people under the age of 18 were among the wounded, ranging from 4-years-old to 17-years-old.
As for the year-to-date numbers on weekend shooting victims, Chicago is now up to at least 224 people dead and 1,204 people wounded. The Chicago Tribune shooting tracker, which keeps a weekly count of all Chicago shooting victims regardless of the day of the week, reported that 2,858 have been victims of shootings, as of September 7. That is 951 more than the same point in 2019, and the second highest number behind the same point in 2016 (2,992).