More horrifying numbers emerged from Chicago this weekend, with Breitbart reporting that some 24 people were shot there between Friday and Saturday night.
Youngest victim was 12 years old
According to ABC 7, a 16-year-old boy lost his life on Saturday evening near South Fairfield and South Washtenaw avenues when two men exited a vehicle and began shooting at him.
A 13-year-old girl was also wounded in the attack when two bullets struck her neck. She was transported to Stroger Hospital where she was said by police to be in good condition.
That tragedy came just one day after a 12-year-old sustained a gunshot wound to his chest near South Albany Avenue and West Arthington Street. The suspected shooter was seen driving a gray sedan.
The shooting was followed 15 minutes later by a 16-year-old boy being wounded in his leg while walking through an alley near the 3500 block of East 106th Street.
The young man was able to make his way to Advocate Trinity Hospital where he was determined to be in fair condition.
This incident was followed an hour later by a 17-year-old girl being wounded as she walked on a sidewalk along the 2600 block of South King Drive.
Meanwhile, a 15-year-old boy was wounded along the 5700 block of South Princeton Avenue at 6:53 a.m. on Saturday when the driver of a sedan pulled up and opened fire. The victim was reported to be in critical condition at Comer Children’s Hospital.
Not all of the victims were young, as a 55-year-old man was shot at around 11 p.m. as he sat in his vehicle in Chicago’s Loop business district.
Chicago’s violent crime is forcing businesses to flee
Fox News reported in June that Chicago’s high crime rates have resulted in some business owners choosing to flee the city.
One of them is Gary Rabine, who owns a road paving company called the Rabine Group. He told Fox News that his employees have repeatedly been targeted for armed robbery.
“We would do thousands of jobs a year in the city, but as we got robbed more, my people operating rollers and pavers, we got robbed, our equipment would get stolen in broad daylight and there would usually be a gun involved, and it got expensive and it got dangerous,” Rabine said.