At least 18 people were shot over the span of less than 18 hours as another weekend of violence kicked off in the Democrat-run city of Chicago, PJ Media reported.
By Sunday morning, some 48 people had been shot in the Windy City since Friday, according to ABC News. At least five of those who were shot died from their wounds.
Children among the victims
Several children were said to be among the victims of the weekend violence. A 2-year-old girl was shot in the leg around 7 p.m. Friday while sitting in the backseat of a car in the Little Village neighborhood of Southwest Chicago, according to a local news outlet.
The girl was taken to the hospital and is reportedly in good condition, but detectives have not made any arrests in the case so far and are still investigating the incident.
An 8-year-old boy was also shot in the knee, and five teens ages 15 to 18 were also shot in separate incidents, PJ Media said.
Elsewhere in the city, a SWAT team was said to have responded to a shooting involving three suspects just before 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. Rapper Lil Reese was among those shot in the incident, which reportedly involved a stolen car. The rapper’s wound was not reported to be fatal.
A witness to the Saturday morning incident told police all three men were shooting at each other. A 27-year-old man is in critical condition following the shooting, according to the Chicago Tribune.
A surge in shootings
The weekend shootings add to what has become a surge in violence in the Windy City in recent months, according to reports.
Two Chicago police officers were also among those shot over the weekend. Both were hospitalized, but have since been released.
In a statement on the officer-involved shooting, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) said the incident “just underscores the danger our men and women in the police department face every single day.” But it remains to be seen whether she’ll actually do anything to solve the problem.
In the meantime, insiders seem to expect the situation will get worse before it gets better, citing a rise in lack of respect for local cops, among other things.
“Chicago has always had a violence epidemic, by sheer volume,” Susan Lee, who once served as Lightfoot’s deputy mayor for public safety, said, according to PJ Media. “But the pandemic, coupled with the loss of legitimacy of government in the post-George Floyd era, really brought forth a perfect storm, in terms of violence in the communities that were already suffering.”