America’s violence capital experiences horrific July 4th weekend, dozens wounded

The July 4 weekend was particularly brutal for the city of Chicago, as dozens of people were shot on the city’s streets.

Reports on the number of wounded and dead varied. The Washington Examiner reported on Monday morning that 54 people were hit by bullets, seven of which died.

A Tuesday report from Chicago’s WTTW-TV, meanwhile, put the number at 68 shot and eight dead between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Monday.

Among the dead were a bicyclist who was gunned down Saturday afternoon in a drive-by.

The man was hit in the head and arm and died at the hospital.

Meanwhile, another man was killed in a vehicle at 3 a.m. on Sunday morning. The driver called 911, but the man died of a neck wound.

Overall, there were 51 separate shooting incidents in the city — and some of the murders came within mere hours of each other.

“A 24-year-old woman was killed and two others were injured Friday night following a shootout between two men in the 2200 block of South Wentworth Avenue. Police said one of the people shot, a 38-year-old man, was struck in the buttocks while he was exchanging gunfire with a second man in that area just before 11 p.m.,” WTTW reported.

“He was listed in critical condition. The woman was struck in the torso and later died at Stroger Hospital. A second woman, 42, was shot in the hand and hospitalized in good condition.

“A little more than an hour later, a 30-year-old man was shot and killed in the 9000 block of South Escanaba Avenue. That victim was shot in the head just after 12:15 a.m. Saturday morning by an unknown man, who then fled on foot.”

The youngest shooting victim was a 10-year-old boy, although he’s expected to survive.

This is the second bloody weekend in a row for Chicago, which saw five people killed and 24 injured last week. Among the dead was a 5-month-old baby.

However, the July 4 statistics turned out to be better than last year’s. In 2021, 74 people were shot and 14 killed during the Independence Day weekend.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot — blamed by many for her ineffective strategies in combatting violence in the city — announced last month she was running for a second term.

“When we fight for change, confront a global pandemic, work to keep kids in school, take on guns and gangs, systemic inequality and political corruption only to have powerful forces try and stop progress for Chicago — of course I take it personally, for our city,” Lightfoot said when announcing her candidacy.

“Change doesn’t happen without a fight. It’s hard. It takes time. And, I’ll be the first to admit I’m just not the most patient person. I’m only human, and I guess sometimes it shows. But just because some may not always like my delivery doesn’t mean we’re not delivering.”