Fox News reports that Chicago was the scene of great tragedy this Memorial Day weekend, as 10 people lost their lives and 39 were injured in a wave of gun violence.
According to Chicago Sun Times, the bloodshed persisted throughout the period between 5:00 p.m. last Friday afternoon and 5:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Bloody weekend rocks Chicago
Those who died over the holiday weekend were of a variety of ages, with Darnell Fisher being the youngest at 16 years of age, according to the Sun Times He is said to have been pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center after suffering gunshot wounds on Saturday evening.
The Sun Times said that authorities recovered a weapon in Fisher’s shooting and took a suspect into custody who was, however, later released.
“A person thought to be the shooter was taken into custody blocks away in the 5900 block of South Prairie after leading officers on a chase, police said. A weapon was recovered. That person was later released without being charged,” the paper reported.
Meanwhile, a 45-year-old man fell victim after sustaining gunshot wounds to both his head and torso. Police say his assailant fired from a white sedan, though no further information about possible suspects was released.
In addition to those who were killed, another 39 people suffered non-fatal injuries in shootings over the long weekend, the Sun Times reported. Among them were two 15-year-old victims hit in separate attacks, with one of the two known to be in critical condition, according to local media outlet WGN.
Tragically common scenario
Fox News reported that the recent carnage represented Chicago’s worst Memorial Day weekend since 2015, when the body count reached 12.
However, gun violence in the Windy City is by no means limited to holidays, and it is not unusual for multiple people to be targeted at the same time.
Shootings such as those seen over the wekend are frustratingly common occurrences in Chicago despite the city having some of America’s most stringent firearm regulations.
In Illinois, residents must first obtain a license before they can purchase a firearm, and Chicago imposes additional restrictions on “assault weapons” and magazine capacity. What’s more, although the state began issuing concealed handgun permits in 2013, Chicago continues to make them exceedingly difficult to obtain.
The Chicago Tribune reported that prior to the holiday stretch, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown launched a “summer operations center” designed to consolidate law enforcement resources in an effort to reduce gun violence over the warmer months.
Given this weekend’s deadly developments, however, it looks as though things have not gotten off to a promising start.