Shocking gun violence in Chicago, Illinois, has left in its wake dozens of victims.
More than 50 people were shot over the weekend, including six fatal injuries, as the city approaches the end of another deadly year, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Quadruple shooting leaves one dead
Chicago marked a grim milestone this weekend with its 700th homicide, marking just the second time it had reached that number in two decades.
That victim was identified as a 28-year-old man who was shot shortly after midnight on Sunday as part of a quadruple shooting on the city’s South Side. The remaining three victims reportedly survived their injuries.
Just hours earlier, another fatal shooting took place as a 30-year-old male victim was gunned down inside of a vehicle in South Chicago. Two other homicides took place earlier in the day on Saturday.
A 32-year-old man was reportedly also inside of a car when he was fatally shot in West Pullman. Another man was injured.
Similarly, a 21-year-old man in Chicago’s West Side was reportedly an occupant in a vehicle when a gunman approached and shot him in the head.
“To the cowards behind these shootings”
The first of the weekend’s deadly shootings came to light within hours of each other on Friday evening.
Shortly after 5 p.m., a 28-year-old man was found dead inside of a vehicle in Englewood with apparent gunshot wounds to his chest. At around 8:30 p.m., a 35-year-old woman was shot in the head while inside a vehicle in South Chicago.
Dozens of others were also injured in shootings across the city, including six victims wounded in a single shooting on Saturday morning. An unknown gunman reportedly opened fire at about 2 a.m. in Gresham, leaving a 31-year-old man in critical condition.
This past weekend’s carnage eclipsed the previous weekend, which saw one person killed and 21 injured. So far this year, the city’s murder rate has increased by more than 50% compared to last year.
For her part, Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot expressed her outrage over the rate of violence across the city: “To the cowards behind these shootings, and cowards I think is the right word here, we have to ask you to find your humanity.”