Not surprisingly, Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago experienced yet another violent weekend, which resulted in 40 people shot, and 11 killed, including well-known local rapper KTS Dre.
WTTW-TV Chicago reported, “According to the Chicago Police Department, 40 people were shot in 33 separate incidents over the weekend.”
The shootings ranged across various age groups and neighborhoods, including one local rapper who was attacked by gunmen after being released from the Cook County Jail.
Local rapper targeted
“A police report says the 31-year-old local rapper, whose real name was Londre Sylvester, had just been released on electronic monitoring when he was fatally shot across the street from the Cook County Jail around 8:50 p.m. Saturday in what authorities believe to be a targeted attack,” Fox News reported.
In a report from the Chicago Tribune, it was revealed that Sylvester’s body may have been struck by as many as 64 bullets from multiple shooters.
ABC-7 Chicago reported, “Court records indicate Sylvester’s fiancé had put up $5,000 on Friday to secure his release on charges of violating a previous bond in a 2020 gun case.”
The Chicago violence continues
WTTW-TV also noted, “According to CPD data, there have been 1,689 shootings in Chicago in 2021 through Sunday, and 2,104 shooting victims. Those totals are both up more than 10% over the same period in 2020, while homicides are down slightly (382 in 2021 compared to 387 in 2020).”
Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown announced via Twitter that he’s actively working with President Joe Biden and his administration on solutions to mitigate the onslaught of deadly gun violence.
Creating solutions to reducing gun violence requires strong partnerships locally & federally. That’s why I’m in D.C. with fellow leaders from across the country to meet with @POTUS today to continue our work toward preventing the senseless gun violence hurting our communities.
— Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown (@ChiefDavidBrown) July 12, 2021
Lightfoot under fire
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who runs a city with some of the strictest gun laws in the country, has taken multiple rounds of criticism for the city’s continued violent crime surge.
One of those critics is Joe Gamaldi, who’s not only a police officer in Houston, Texas but also the national vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police. He told Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro that it’s time for action.
“When [Chicago] Mayor Lightfoot said that crime is down in Chicago, actually, shootings are up 67% in Chicago, just like in New York, they’re up 142%. And the worst part about it is, it’s our black and brown communities that are being impacted the most,” Gamaldi said.