Democrat-run Chicago had yet another deadly weekend of violence.
Four people were killed in a single evening Friday, just the start of a burst of horrific shootings that killed six others and left nearly 60 wounded, according to reporting in the Chicago Sun-Times.
Four killed in single evening
For perspective, almost as many people were killed Friday night alone as the five total from the previous weekend, when 66 people were shot. By the end of this weekend, the fatality rate was double, with 10 killed.
The chaos started at 7 p.m. Friday with the murder of an 18-year-old man on a sidewalk on the Northwest Side. A dark SUV drove up and someone inside opened fire, killing him with shots to the chest and abdomen.
Less than 20 minutes later, someone in an SUV killed a 39-year-old man and left a woman critically injured in a drive-by shooting in Back of the Yards.
Around 8:30 p.m., 21-year-old Jamil Williamson was killed in a drive-by shooting at a gas station in Humboldt Park, and another man was injured but left in good condition.
Minutes later, a shooting in Burnside killed a woman of uncertain age and left a 31-year-old woman with injuries and in fair condition.
Violence out of control in Chicago
After Friday’s burst of bloodshed, two more people were killed within a short time span Saturday in Englewood. A 40-year-old man was discovered with a fatal shot to the chest Saturday afternoon, and a 54-year-old man was shot dead while driving around 8:20 p.m.
There were four more killings on Sunday, which also saw shootings injure two cops and a teenage boy. Around 2 a.m., a 61-year-old man was killed with a shot to the head on a parkway in South Chicago.
Around 3:40 a.m., 29-year-old Chauncey Ali Jr. was shot in the head while leaving a party in Back of the Yards. About 5. a.m., a 34-year-old man was shot dead while standing outside in Gresham on the South Side. A woman was also injured and left in fair condition.
Sunday afternoon, a man was killed in a drive-by shooting while having lunch at a restaurant in Morgan Park. The 31-year-old, Devon Welsh, was pronounced dead at the hospital. Four others received non-fatal injures. Two officers were also injured in an early morning traffic stop Sunday. The suspect was injured in the shooting, which left one cop in serious condition.
Chicago’s Democrat mayor, Lori Lightfoot, promised Monday to work harder as the city faces rising crime, social unrest, the coronavirus pandemic, and a huge projected budget shortfall. “I need to push myself harder to work with people with whom I do not agree and who do not agree with me,” she admitted. “If you are focused on creating a better tomorrow for all of our residents, then I will be even more intentional in finding common ground with you.”