67 shot, 13 killed as Chicago experiences another violent weekend

Democrat-controlled Chicago has been wracked by escalating violence for weeks, and this weekend was no exception.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported on Sunday that 67 people were shot and at least 13 killed in Chicago as of Sunday morning.

Weekend tragedies

Of the 67 shot thus far, nine of the victims were minors. Of those nine, a 7-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy lost their lives.

Fox News reported:

The girl, identified by her family as Natalie Wallace, was outside her grandmother’s home at a Fourth of July party in the city’s Austin neighborhood around 7 p.m. when a vehicle pulled up and three men got out and started shooting indiscriminately.

Wallace was shot in her head and pronounced dead after she was rushed to a hospital, police said, according to Chicago’s FOX 32.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted on Saturday, “Tonight, a 7-year-old girl in Austin joined a list of teenagers and children whose hopes and dreams were ended by the barrel of a gun. We cannot grow numb to this. We are making progress in slowing shootings, but we have to do better, every single one of us.”

In another incident, eight were shot in one gunfight in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, four of which died.

The Chicago Tribune reported:

Four people were killed, including a 14-year-old boy, and four others were injured, including an 11-year-old boy, in an Englewood shooting Saturday night, according to Chicago police.

Around 11:30 p.m., four men walked up to a large gathering that was taking place in the 6100 block of South Carpenter Street and fired shots, police said. They fled the scene and have not been arrested.

Two male victims died at the scene, police said. Their ages have not yet been released.

Never-ending violence

Chicago is well-known for weekly explosions of violence, and the protests and riots following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis only compounded the issue.

President Trump reached out to Lightfoot in June admonishing her about the state of her city and offering to work with her — along with Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker — to control the violence in the city.

Lightfoot spat on Twitter that she doesn’t “need leadership lessons from Donald Trump,” rejecting his offer to “devise a plan to to make Chicago safe.”

Lightfoot said at the time that Trump’s attempt to help her quell the violence in the city was “despicable, disgusting and all too typical,” continuing that she and Pritzker would handle the problem themselves.

However, the stream of violence has continued unchecked.

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