Writer's Note: If you include Thanksgiving Day as part of the extended four-day weekend, which I do, then you’ll find that the Chicago publications that typically trot out weekend numbers split up their reporting this past weekend to not include Thanksgiving Day and the morning after. So, we’ll be compiling numbers from Thanksgiving through the very early morning hours of Monday prefaced with “at least.”
While the final numbers are not in yet, at least four people were killed and at least another 22 were wounded across the Chicagoland area over the extended Thanksgiving weekend. Thanksgiving Day itself saw one person shot dead, with 9 more wounded.
The bloodshed was at least on par with last year’s Thanksgiving weekend, which saw four people killed and another 19 wounded.
Here’s an example of this past holiday weekend’s violence, according to the Chicago Sun-Times:
On Friday night, a man was shot and killed near the Illinois Institute of Technology campus in Bronzeville on the South Side, according to police.
Charles J. Moore, 24, was walking about 10:40 p.m. in the first block of East 33rd Street when two males approached on foot and at least one of them opened fire, police and the medical examiner’s office said. Moore, who lived in Bronzeville, was hit twice in the leg and once in the face and was pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
The previous weekend, which was a day-and-a-half shorter, saw one person die from their wounds with another 19 people being wounded in shootings.
As for the Chicago weekend shooting numbers that MRCTV has kept track of since Memorial Day weekend, a total of at least 963 people have been shot, at least 135 of which have died as a result of their wounds.
The Chicago Tribune, who have been keeping track of the total number of shooting victims for the entirety of 2019, reported that — as of November 23rd — 2,482 people have been in Chicago so far this year.
There’s one month left in 2019, so hopefully the year ends, not with a bang (pun not intended), but with more of a whimper.