Nearly three dozen people – including a six-year-old girl – were shot between Friday evening and Sunday night in Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago, marking just the latest deadly weekend in a city ironically known for its strict gun control laws.
Three of the 34 victims shot in the heavily Democrat-controlled Windy City over the weekend died from their injuries. But perhaps even more mind-blowing than the number of people gunned down in just one 48-hour span is the fact that last weekend actually marked a downtick in gun violence from the previous weekend when 44 people were shot, eight of whom died.
And that’s nothing compared to holiday weekends – last Fourth of July alone, eight people were fatally shot and 68 others injured by gun violence in Chicago.
Among those shot last weekend was a 6-year-old girl who was standing on a sidewalk in Englewood around 6:30 p.m. when she was struck in the arm by a bullet. She was taken to the hospital and is expected to be OK. Police have yet to make an arrest in the case.
And, statistically speaking, they’re unlikely to in the future. In 2021, Chicago police, struggling under a severe shortage of officers, made arrests in only about 12% of crimes, a 20-year arrest low even as violent crime soared to 25-year- record highs.
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