Chicago is reeling after yet another deadly weekend of violence.
At least 66 people were shot, five fatally, in the city run by Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Three teens among the injured
Three teenage boys were among those injured in a spate of shootings that stretched from Friday evening to Monday morning.
On Saturday evening, a 17-year-old boy was shot by a group of “four or five males in dark clothing” while he was sitting on a porch in Austin, leaving him with injuries to the calf but otherwise in good condition. Two other teenagers were shot in non-fatal incidents Sunday night and early Monday morning.
The first killing took place shortly after midnight Saturday on the West Side, when a gunman got out of a black Jeep and fatally shot Ronald Boyd, 26. Two others were injured but are in fair condition.
Roughly two hours later, Antione Rose, 33, was shot dead around 2 a.m. at a gathering on a porch on the South Side. Another man was critically injured. Three hours later, Devon Nelson, 31, was shot fatally in the head around 5 a.m. on the West Side.
Around 7 a.m., Esteban Campos Jr., 43, was shot multiple times on the Southwest Side and pronounced dead at the hospital. Another man was left with gunshot wounds to the arm and is in good condition. Martin Coleman, 27, died after being shot in the chest and pelvis following an argument around 6 a.m. Sunday in Lawndale on the West Side.
City spirals on Lightfoot’s watch
This is just the latest weekend of shootings in Chicago, a city that has seen its habitual gun violence problem explode in a summer of chaos. Homicides are up, and children have been more or less routinely shot, sometimes fatally. The city recently saw massive looting downtown as well.
“And while I absolutely understand the concerns of those across our city who are worried about their safety, what I know from that experience, and what I know now, is that the National Guard has a very different set of training. A very different perspective on force,” Lightfoot said.
With riots sweeping through Kenosha, Wisconsin, Chicago police are watching the city carefully and are preparing to work long shifts as they anticipate large gatherings Saturday and over Labor Day Weekend.
Is anyone in charge of this city?