Chicago Shootings Up Compared to 2019: 15-Year-Old Among 4 Killed in Weekend Shootings

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We’re only through one month of 2020, and the number of shootings in Chicago — compared to 2019 — keeps rising, while the level of interest in remedying the situation keeps dropping.

At least four people were murdered and another 19 were wounded in shootings across the Chicagoland area over the weekend. This is up from the previous weekend, where at least two people were killed and another 14 were wounded.

Oh by the way, another teenager was one of the victims. This time a 15-year-old boy was shot dead.

Here’s what happened to him, according to the Chicago Sun-Times:

Marlin Gaines was in the 5600 block of South Marshfield Avenue before 4 p.m. when three males jumped out of a white SUV and attacked him, Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. One of the males then pulled out a gun and shot the boy multiple times before fleeing west on 56th Street. He was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Police said private video footage may have captured the incident.

And, because I said I would begin doing this every week, here are the names of the other people who died this past weekend in Chicago:

Luis Maldonado, 23

Eduardo A. Garcia, 20

Hakeim Jones, 21

Sure none of the above listed are teenagers, but not one of them reached their mid-20s. Sad.

A 36-year-old firefighter was shot in the leg while responding to a car fire. Even firefighters who are trying to help people aren’t safe.

As for the numbers, this past weekend’s shootings bring the total number of Chicago weekend shootings in 2020 up to 15 people killed with another 69 wounded.

The Chicago Tribune’s tracker for all 2020 shootings reports that there have been 32 more people shot this year compared to last year at the same time (as of February 3rd). A total of 181 people have been shootings victims so far in 2020.

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