With violent crime surging in cities across the nation, Chicago, Illinois, continues to report a disproportionately high rate of shootings.
Reports from the latest weekend of carnage included two shooting incidents within the span of just a few hours that claimed the lives of two people and injured more than a dozen.
Those shootings took place on Sunday evening — and more than 70 people were shot throughout the weekend including seven fatalities.
The first of the two Sunday events occurred shortly before 9 p.m. in South Shore. A woman was reportedly killed after she was shot six times in a drive-by attack that also left five males, including a 15-year-old boy, injured.
About two hours later and roughly five miles away in the Marquette Park neighborhood, another woman was killed when three gunmen opened fire on a crowd, according to police. Ten people were reportedly injured in that incident.
Four mass shootings in total accounted for nearly one-third of the dozens of people injured by gun violence throughout the weekend.
The attacks represent the latest evidence of a troubling Windy City trend that has worsened significantly over the past year. Chicago’s homicide rate spiked last year and has continued to marginally increase with the number of murders about 34% higher than in 2019.
“They want to get street justice”
One particularly gruesome attack earlier this month involved a father of two who was reportedly pulled out of his car and fatally shot in front of his girlfriend. The female victim died from her injuries the following day.
Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot has faced backlash for her response, which recently included pleading with criminals to stop the violence.
“They don’t want to let the criminal justice system play itself out,” she said. “They want to get street justice, which is tragic and terrible.”
Chicago violence is part of the nationwide surge in crime that President Joe Biden addressed in a speech last week, which included a focus on COVID-19 and access to firearms as contributing factors.
Despite the mantra of many progressive protesters over the past year, the White House insisted this week that it is actually Republicans who want to defund the police.