Weekend gun violence in Chicago leaves 4 dead, 11 wounded
Fifteen people were shot in Chicago — four of them fatally — from last Friday evening to Monday morning, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
This is without a doubt a disturbingly high toll, but it is one that is actually lower than the one registered just one weekend prior as well as over many similar stretches throughout 2019.
Violent weekend in Windy City
The first fatal shooting of the weekend appears to have occurred around 2:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon when a 27-year-old man driving on the city’s South Side heard gunshots and realized he had been hit in his back and in his right leg. The unidentified man reportedly abandoned his vehicle and was given a ride to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The second fatality occurred just two hours later around 4:50 p.m. when a 33-year-old man identified as Eddy Vaughns engaged in a physical fight with another unidentified individual. That fight escalated and Vaughns was shot once in the chest, and he later died after being transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The third deadly shooting occurred shortly before 3:05 a.m. Sunday morning, when officers responded to a call on the South Side and discovered a 42-year-old man named Cory Holmes slumped on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to the gut. He died several hours later at the hospital, and the circumstances of how he was shot remain unclear.
The fourth and final fatal shooting of the weekend took place just 15 minutes later on the city’s North Side when a 29-year-old man from Wisconsin identified as Mario Dingillo was shot in the abdomen and arm following a fight with another man, according to ABC7 Chicago.
Two teenagers injured
Sadly, it was not just adults who were victims of gun violence in Chicago over the weekend. Two young teenagers were also hit by gunfire, though they have both survived their respective injuries.
A 13-year-old girl walking along a sidewalk on the city’s West Side was hit twice in the abdomen by bullets after individuals exited an SUV and opened fire, though it is unclear if she was directly targeted or simply hit by stray gunfire. She was rushed to Stroger Hospital, and her status was listed as stable.
Later Saturday night, a 15-year-old boy standing in an alley on the South Side was reportedly approached by an unidentified male dressed in black who fired multiple shots at him. The boy was hit once in the leg and is now stable after being transported to the Christ Medical Center.
Nine other individuals were reported as having been injured by gunfire over the weekend, the first occurring shortly after midnight on Saturday morning in the hallway of an apartment building and the latest being a man who was shot in the hand around 4:20 a.m. Monday morning. Just a short while before that, around 2:52 a.m., a 35-year-old man was approached while in his vehicle outside of a bar and fired upon by an unknown assailant.
New solutions needed
Though the tally of dead and wounded by gunfire in Chicago over this past weekend may have been a touch lower than usual in the violence-plagued city, it remains a very real concern for residents, and it is undeniable that something must be done to address the issue.
However, considering that the city already has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, the passage of more regulations in that regard would almost certainly be an exercise in futility. Politicians would be well-advised to begin exploring other options that don’t involve infringement on the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens.