As the heat of summer continues to build, so, too, does the senseless gun violence that grips America’s largest cities, and that was certainly the case in Chicago over Father’s Day weekend, when 61 individuals were shot, resulting in the deaths of 10, as the Chicago Sun-Times Media Wire reports via local television affiliate station ABC 7.
The weekend got off to a particularly harrowing start on Friday evening, when five suffered gunshot wounds stemming from an attack on South Rhodes Avenue on the city’s South Side.
Earlier that evening three men were injured in a shooting incident at Humbolt Park in the City, and in a separate event, a teen girl was shot while riding as a passenger in a ride-hailing car on South Mackinaw Avenue.
Sadly, there was also a loss of life that evening on the Near West Side, when a 22-year-old male was shot while sitting in a vehicle at roughly 11:45 p.m.
Things did not improve much in the Windy City on Saturday, as a woman sitting in a vehicle parked on West Illinois Street was approached my a man wielding a gun. The driver of the vehicle attempted to leave, but the female passenger was shot in both of her legs.
Though Sunday was Father’s Day, the situation in West Englewood was far from celebratory, as a 36-year-old woman died as the result of a shooting that took place around 8:30 p.m. According to police, the deceased female had been on the sidewalk of South Marshfield Avenue when she was struck in the head by a bullet.
Monday marked the official federal observation of Juneteenth this year, but tragically, that was also the day an 11-year-old girl sustained a gunshot wound while congregated with a group of people on South Halsted Street. That incident occurred just 10 minutes prior to another nearby shooting that left a woman and two teens injured.
According to Block Club Chicago, the city saw 971 shootings in just the first five months of 2022, and though that represents a bit of a decline from pandemic-era numbers, University of Chicago Crime Lab executive director Roseanna Ander declares the tally “still way too high by any rational standard.”
Ander added, “If we continue to tolerate the level of gun violence that we tolerate, we are going to continue to see residents leave the city.” But as along as the left insists on putting the focus on taking guns from law abiding citizens and ignoring the societal drivers of the carnage cities like Chicago see almost every weekend, little is likely to change.