It’s a dangerous cycle that Chicago politicians and those higher in the food chain in the Chicago Police Department (CPD) talk and talk and talk about the shootings in the Windy City, while the numbers of victims affected by violence in the city seems to be returning to numbers that helped the city be at or near all-time highs.
While people like CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson continue to talk about the violence plaguing, particularly, the South and West sides of Chicago, at least another 43 people were shooting victims over the weekend in the Second City, at least two of which died as a result of their wounds.
The 43 people who were shot this past weekend marks a slight increase from the previous weekend in which nine people were murdered and another 32 were wounded in shootings across the Chicagoland area.
Here’s an example of the violence from this past weekend:
A 21-year-old man was shot dead Friday in Fernwood on the Far South Side, according to police.
He was inside a vehicle in the 200 block of West 105th Place when a silver-colored vehicle pulled up and someone inside fired shots, Chicago police said.
He was shot multiple times in the body at 7:20 p.m. and took himself to Roseland Community Hospital, where he later died, police said.
MRCTV has reported on weekend shootings in Chicago in seven of the last nine weekends, beginning with Memorial Day weekend. During those weekends, at least 348 people have been shot, with at least 39 dying as a result of their wounds. That means that over 11 percent of the shootings victims, only over the weekends, die from their wounds (11.2 percent).
If you include the unreported weekends in question (ending June 17 and June 24), the total number of weekend shootings since Memorial Day weekend comes to 396 victims, 47 of which died. That actually brings the percentage of people that die from being shot in Chicago up half-a-percent (11.8 percent).
WRITER’S NOTE: Keep in mind that the numbers reported above do not include shootings that occur during weekdays. Weekends include data from late Friday evening to very early on Monday mornings.