Chicago has seen double the number of murders compared to this time last year

Six Chicagoans were murdered from Friday through Monday, bringing the total number of killings this year to 95 – double the number over the same period last year.

Another 32 people were shot over the weekend, including a 3-year-old boy – bringing the total of wounded to 420, more than doubling the number from last year. 

Chicago Tribune:

The boy was shot as he played with a relative in the 5600 block of South Wolcott Avenue on Saturday afternoon.  He was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where his condition was stabilized. 

Police said the boy apparently was hit by a stray bullet fired in a gang fight. No one was reported in custody.

Hours earlier, a woman and a security guard were wounded outside a South Loop nightclub.

A group of people had started fighting inside the Shrine, at 2109 S. Wabash Ave., just before 2 a.m. and were escorted outside by the club’s security, police said. Shortly afterward, someone fired shots from a burgundy car in front of the club.

A 29-year-old woman was shot in the head and a 36-year-old man, a security guard at the club, was shot in the leg, according to police. Both were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where the woman was listed in critical condition and the guard was stabilized, police said.

Police said they recovered three guns from the scene of the shooting.  No one was reported in custody.

The weekend toll includes one person killed and nine wounded from Friday evening to Saturday morning; three men killed and 14 people wounded fromSaturday afternoon to Sunday morning;and six people wounded from Sunday afternoon to Monday morning.

Task forces, commissions, community outreach – none of those has worked to stem the flow of blood in the streets of Chicago.  Is it mismanagement of police resources?  Is it incompetent leadership?  Is it a gangster culture that places little value on safety and human life?

Yes yes, and yes – and more.  There will be no magic bullet that will help the city get a handle on this crisis.  But the same tired solutions will be promoted – gun control, intervention for at-risk youth, community meetings. 

Something revolutionary has to happen in Chicago before people and businesses will feel safe again.

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