My hope in reporting on the weekend shootings in Chicago every Monday is to help people recognize that the numbers being reported on are people. Every single number within the total is a person. It’s a person being shot and having their life changed. It’s a person being shot and killed. They’re people.
Despite the total number of weekend shootings remaining low — for Chicago — as they were last week, said number is slightly up from the previous weekend.
At least two people were killed and another 16 were wounded in shootings across the Chicagoland area this past weekend. This is slightly up from last weekend which saw at least 15 people shot, four of which died as a result of their wounds.
Here’s an example of this past weekend’s violence, according to the Chicago Sun-Times:
A 47-year-old man was fatally wounded in a possible drive-by in Rogers Park on the North Side.
Vance Williams was shot about 2:10 a.m. in the 7600 block of North Ashland Avenue in what may have been a drive-by involving a black SUV, Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. Investigators found him in a courtyard with a gunshot wound to the chest.
As for the running tally that MRCTV has been keeping since Memorial Day weekend, 890 have been shot in total, with 129 of those victims dying from their wounds.
While not included in any of the weekend numbers, a particularly sad shooting occurred late last Thursday.
A 14-year-old boy was shot in the head while in the backseat of his mother’s car after she picked him up from his homecoming dance. Unfortunately, no one has been arrested yet, but the investigation is ongoing.
The Chicago Tribune has kept track of the total number of shootings in Chicago for 2019. As of November 4th, 2,352 people have been shot in the city. They report that number is 234 victims less than 2018.