America may have a new president, but south Chicago is still a slaughterhouse.
Nearly 30 Chicagoans were shot, including seven who died and a 5-year old girl who was seriously wounded, the weekend after President Joe Biden’s inauguration, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
7 killed in Chicago
The first homicide unfolded Friday night in West Lawn, when two men approached 26-year old Justin Reyes, and shot him in the head and chest around 9 p.m., according to the Sun-Times.
A West Pullman woman was discovered dead in an alleyway just before 10 p.m. with a shot to the head. The next evening, a man was found dead inside of a burning car in West Pullman with a gunshot to the head, around 9 p.m.
Hours later, Anthony Rice, 24, was killed in Gresham on the South Side around 12:50 a.m., the Sun-Times reported. Minutes later, 39-year old Darryl Houston was killed around 1 a.m. with a shot to the head at a gathering in Washington Heights, where another man was injured.
A 34-year-old man, David Lopez, was later shot dead in Little Village on the Southwest Side just before 5 a.m., according to the Sun-Times.
The killing reportedly continued early Monday when a gunman in a Honda Odyssey shot a 52-year old man riding in the backseat of another car in Irving Park, just before 5 a.m.
Child among shooting victims
A 5-year-old girl and a man were also wounded in a non-fatal shooting Sunday evening in Gresham. Someone opened fire, striking the girl in the buttocks and the man in the back and forearm. Both are in good condition. Last weekend, 24 people were shot, six fatally, as the Sun-Times reported separately.
Chicago routinely suffers heavy casualties from gun violence, but 2020 was a particularly deadly year as the city suffered 769 homicides, surpassing 700 for only the second time since the 1990s, according to reports. There were 4,033 shooting victims, compared with 2,598 in 2019, ABC News reported.
In a column for the Wall Street Journal, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute Heather Mac Donald attributed the carnage to hostility to law enforcement that exploded over the summer.
“Mainstream media and many politicians claim the pandemic caused this bloodbath, but the chronology doesn’t support that assertion. And now the criminal-justice policies supported by President Biden promise to exacerbate the current crime wave, while ignoring its actual causes,” she wrote.