A series of horrific shootings in Chicago over the weekend left 41 injured and at least four dead, ABC 7 Chicago reported.
It’s just the latest bloody weekend in the Windy City, where at least 215 people have died from gun violence so far this year, according to the Chicago Tribune.
A series of tragedies
ABC 7 reported that at least two of the four deaths occurred Saturday, when a 21-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman were fatally shot in separate incidents.
The 21-year-old was one of four victims who were shot in a car by unknown assailants around 7 p.m. Saturday, according to ABC 7. The driver of that vehicle attempted to escape, but crashed into a fire and rescue vehicle a few blocks away.
All four victims were transported to area hospitals, where the 21-year-old was ultimately pronounced dead, ABC 7 reported.
Also on Saturday, around 2:30 a.m., two women standing in an alley were fired upon. A 25-year-old woman was shot in the head and pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, according to ABC 7. The other woman, a 22-year-old, was hit in the leg and also hospitalized.
She reportedly remains “in good condition.”
Another death in Chicago occurred around 11:30 p.m. on Friday, when a 37-year-old man standing on the street was approached by another man who subsequently opened fire. The victim was hit in the abdomen and head and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to ABC 7.
The root of the problem
As of Sunday afternoon, the number of shootings in Chicago this weekend has already surpassed the tally reached in the city last weekend, when a local CBS affiliate reported that at least 37 individuals had been shot, five of them fatally.
Indeed, it seems similar tragedies occur in the Windy City week-in and week-out, with no apparent end in sight. In the meantime, a debate continues on what, exactly, is the root cause of the endless violence.
According to Illinois’ Gun Violence Prevention PAC, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, for her part, blames the “revolving [prison] door” and lack of prosecutions for gun crimes as the main reason. But Public Defender Amy Campanelli disagrees, and has suggested that any sort of “war on guns” is just as fruitless and unwinnable as the decades-old “war on drugs.”
“[W]e need more police on the street,” Campanelli argued in a 2016 op-ed for the Chicago Tribune. “It may sound odd for the public defender to advocate for more officers, but we need a more proactive police force that prevents crime, rather than a reactive police force that merely responds to it.”