The Democrat-run city of Chicago was once again plagued by deadly gunfire over the weekend with 24 people shot, four fatally, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
All four fatalities occurred while the victims were inside their vehicles, with the latest murder taking place at 5:50 p.m. on Sunday, according to the Sun-Times.
Authorities said a 25-year-old man stopped at the 7100 block of South Green Street and was approached by two individuals, who both proceeded to open fire. The victim was pronounced dead after being taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center.
The killing came just two hours after a 19 year-year-old man was shot on South Michigan Avenue. The victim reportedly sped away before colliding with three parked cars.
The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the victim as Martese Jackson, the Sun-Times said, and he was pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
An unidentified man was shot at 8:55 p.m. on Saturday as he drove on a ramp leading to the Kennedy Expressway. Illinois State Police, who are investigating the killing, said he was pronounced dead at the scene, the Sun-Times reported.
Finally, a 30-year-old man died via gunshot wounds he sustained at 5:25 p.m. on Friday while sitting in a vehicle parked on West Van Buren Street. He too was pronounced dead at the scene.
The grim death tally stands in addition to 17 other individuals who were shot and survived at various points during the blood-soaked weekend.
One of them was a 17-year-old male who was sitting in a parked vehicle in the 3400 block of West 23rd Street at 2:55 a.m. when he was struck by a round in the leg.
The increase in violent crime has gotten so out of control that Chicago Alderman Stephanie Coleman has instituted a program to deploy private security guards at two local gas stations for an hour each day.
Dubbed “Project Safe Pump,” it targets a “Citgo on 63rd Street and the Dan Ryan Expressway, and the Shell at 55th and Halsted,” according to The Chicago Tribune.