In what has become tragically common in the city of Chicago, dozens of people were shot and some were killed in the city over the weekend.
Between Friday and Sunday evening, 40 people were shot, and five of those people died, Breitbart reported.
The shooting fatalities started around 7:30 p.m. on Friday, when a 23-year-old man was shot in a backyard. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Not long after, around 9:30 p.m., a 27-year-old man was fatally shot while standing on the sidewalk in the 5600 block of South Marshfield Avenue. He, too, was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
At 10 p.m., a 24-year-old male was found by authorities unresponsive in a vehicle. He had been shot multiple times, and, after being taken to the hospital, was also pronounced dead.
A fourth fatal shooting happened just hours later. Around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, a 39-year-old male was found unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds near the 1300 block of North Mayfield Avenue. The fifth fatal shooting happened later on Saturday when a 26-year-old male was shot and killed on the 6400 block of South Hoyne Avenue.
Besides these five fatal shootings, at least 35 other people suffered gunshot wounds in the city over the weekend. Many of these individuals appear to have simply been bystanders in the wrong place at the wrong time, the Washington Examiner reported.
Rise in violence
This year the city has already had multiple weekends with double-digit shootings.
Last year, from January to May of 2020, Chicago witnessed some 1,116 shootings, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. This year, during the same time period, that number has shot up to 1,386. According to police, this year there have already been 252 murders in the city.
The causes of these shootings vary, although many appear to be gang-related.
A young 14-year-old girl, for example, was recently chased down and shot by gang members. She had no gang affiliation and, according to the Sun-Times, was just walking through the neighborhood.
“You can’t come out walking at nights because there is shooting everywhere,” local resident Jessica Martinez told the Sun-Times. “I’m scared to take my babies to the park that’s nearby, and I don’t understand what’s going on.”