As has become disturbingly commonplace and more frequent, the city of Chicago, Illinois has been wracked by deadly gun violence that — once largely confined to the weekends — has increasingly spilled over into the mid-week days.
The uptick in Chicago’s gun violence problem was evidenced once again, as on Thursday alone, there were 13 reported shootings with one fatality — a discouraging number that is nevertheless less than half of the number who were shot on Wednesday, Breitbart reported.
The bloodshed during the week, sadly, was only a prelude to what the city would endure over the weekend.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that a 31-year-old man was shot multiple times and killed while inside a business Thursday afternoon.
In addition to that one fatality, a dozen other Chicagoans were wounded by gunfire on the same day.
Unfortunately, those figures pale in comparison to the veritable massacre that occurred one day prior on Wednesday, when one person was killed and 28 others were wounded in several different shootings spanning the city.
Furthermore, at least three of those shootings were classified as “mass shootings” in which four or more individuals were shot in a single incident.
Weekend bloodshed worsens
As horrific as the weekday tallies of dead and wounded from Chicago’s violent crime problem are becoming, they still fall short of the bloodbaths that routinely occur in the city between Friday and Monday, and this weekend is shaping up to be one of the most bloody and violent yet.
According to local ABC affiliate WLS-TV, between Friday evening and Sunday morning, at least 58 people had already been shot, including at least eight that succumbed to their fatal wounds.
The youngest fatality, so far, is a 17-year-old who was shot in the chest while in the backyard of a home. A 15-year-old boy who was with him appears to be the youngest shooting victim at this point, though he reportedly survived a gunshot to the stomach and was listed in serious condition at a local hospital.
The numbers rise
Bear in mind that the tally of 58 shot and eight dead only represents the gun violence that occurred through Sunday morning, meaning those figures will almost certainly increase once the inevitable shootings that occur Sunday afternoon through Monday morning are factored in.
Given that the entire tally for last weekend’s violence was 56 shot and 11 dead, it is increasingly obvious that the situation in Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s (D) city is rapidly devolving. Sadly, she doesn’t seem to be interested in doing anything about it.