I don’t know anymore. At least this past weekend’s “activities” in Chicago were an improvement over the previous weekend? That’s not really saying much, but any drop in the number of people shot is a good thing.
At least nine people were shot and killed, with another 36 wounded in shootings across the Chicagoland area over the weekend. This is down from the previous weekend, which saw at least 12 people murdered and another 42 wounded.
Here are the names of those who lost their lives over the weekend, according to the Chicago Sun-Times:
Unidentified Boy, 17
Devion Davis, 21
Myrio Shields, 46
Sharn Green, 30
Isaiah Armstrong, 24
A 16-year-old boy was also shot over the weekend, but he has survived a shot to the chest and is reportedly in critical condition.
As for the year-to-date numbers on weekend shooting victims, Chicago is now up to at least 245 people dead and 1,282 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 2,941 have been victims of shootings, as of September 14. That is 958 more than the same point in 2019, and the second highest number behind the same point in 2016 (3,058).
While almost four dozen shooting victims are way too many, let’s hope the downward trend in shootings continues.