Folks, the weekend shooting numbers in Chicago literally doubled in the span of one weekend. If that wasn’t bad enough, both of the fatalities from this past weekend were teenagers. Even after Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot threatened to arrest people for gathering outdoors during our current situation, that didn’t stop criminals from continuing business as usual.
At least two people were murdered and another 18 were wounded in shootings across the Chicagoland area over the weekend. Those numbers are literally double the one dead and nine wounded in shootings from the previous weekend.
Again, both of the people fatally shot over the weekend were teenagers. On Friday, 19-year-old Xavier S. Pointer was killed after he reportedly didn’t have anything for an alleged robber that approached him. Also, 16-year-old Darius Lane was killed in a drive-by shooting.
Here’s an example of a non-fatal shooting from this past weekend, according to the Chicago Sun-Times:
[A] 16-year-old girl was injured when someone fired a gun outside a West Rogers Park apartment on the North Side.
She was in the apartment about 11:35 p.m. when she heard two women outside arguing, police said. Someone fired a gun during the argument and a bullet flew through the door and hit the girl in the arm. The teen was taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston in good condition. The women were last seen entering a black Chevrolet Malibu.
As for the total number of weekend shootings that MRCTV has kept track of since the beginning of the year, at least 41 people have been murdered and another 201 have been wounded.
The Chicago Tribune, which typically keeps track of all shootings regardless of day of the week, has yet to update their numbers from the previous week. So, as of March 17th, the number still stands at 424 for 2020 shooting victims. That remains 87 more victims as compared to the same date in 2019.
It’s incredible. Not even a pandemic can slow down the shootings in Chicago.