Usually, when someone does something over and over and over, they become desensitized to it. But, it never gets any easier to report that multiple people get shot every single weekend in my hometown, let alone killed. While the politicians force the country to continually take bites from an inedible impeachment sandwich, people are dying — and not just on the weekends.
As far as this past weekend goes, at least five people were murdered and another 21 were wounded in shootings across the Chicagoland area.
This brings the total number of people shot on weekends — since Memorial Day weekend — to 730, with 102 of those dying from their wounds.
Here’s an example of this past weekend’s violence, according to the Chicago Sun-Times:
Alexis Andrade was in a vehicle with a 21-year-old woman about 11:47 p.m. in the 3000 block of North Kimball Avenue when a male approached him and demanded the vehicle, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.
An “altercation” broke out and the carjacker shot the 22-year-old in the arm, chest and forehead, authorities said.
Andrade was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, authorities said. The woman he was with wasn’t injured.
As bad as 730 sounds in terms of total people being shot in the city of Chicago on weekend since Memorial Day, 2,000 people sounds a lot worse.
The Chicago Tribune reported that, as of September 17th of this year, 1,998 people have been shot in the Windy City. Obviously, if you include the number of people shot between last Wednesday through Monday morning, the number of shooting victims passes the 2,000 mark.
Even though the total number of people shot in Chicago this year is reportedly slightly down from 2018, the FACT that the number is well over the four-digit mark doesn’t really feel encouraging.