The Washington Examiner reports that a 1-year-old child was murdered and his mother grazed by a bullet in a drive-by shooting in Chicago on Saturday.
The 1-year-old was reportedly hit in the chest and died at the hospital.
According to the Examiner, the motive behind the vicious murder remains unknown.
Endless violence in the Windy City
Reacting to the shooting, Chicago Police chief of operations Fred Waller lamented the frequency of these tragedies.
“It seems like just yesterday, it was actually last Saturday, I was in front of you all talking about a 3-year-old that was killed in the Austin community, and now here in Englewood, a 20-month-old was killed,” Walker said, according to CBS Chicago. “This is happening far too often. Too many times children are killed by senseless violence, and not only just children, but grown-ups also. When is this going to stop? When are we going to say enough is enough?”
Chicago has long been known for its crime, and decades of Democrat rule have done little to stem the tide of violence and murder.
As the Examiner reported separately, 100 people were shot in Chicago over Father’s Day weekend, leaving at least 14 dead, five of them children. It was the city’s most violent weekend of the year, according to the Examiner.
“Good men throughout this city should be celebrating with their families on a beautiful day, but instead, a number of Chicagoans will be spending Father’s Day grieving the loss of their children,” Chicago police superintendent David Brown said last week, as the Examiner reported.
The city’s Democrat mayor, Lori Lightfoot, said in a tweet shared by the Examiner that Chicago’s “collective heart breaks to hear the unfathomable news of a 3-year-old boy who was shot and killed [June 20] on Chicago’s West Side. There are simply no words to describe such a heinous, unconscionable act of cowardice to shoot at a toddler,” she added.
Time for reform
Mayor Lightfoot’s statement sounds like it comes from the heart, but missing from her remarks is any sign of what she will do about it.
Indeed, this horrific violence is a stark reminder of why we need law enforcement to maintain peace. Will Lightfoot stand up for the city’s police department amid calls to defund the police around the nation?
Only time will tell. But if not, perhaps a change of leadership is finally in order.