“Ban guns,” they said. “Then criminals won’t be able to get them and shoot people,” they said. Morons!
At least 101 people were shot and 15 were killed on the streets of Chicago over the long Fourth of July weekend between Friday afternoon and early Wednesday, according to the Chicago Tribune, via Western Journalism.
The carnage marks one of the most violent Fourth of July weekends in the Windy City in recent years.
The violence was mostly confined to the South and West sides of the city in districts where the Chicago Police Department deployed hundreds of overtime police officers to help quell the violence.
Police say the beginning of the holiday weekend was relatively calm, with only 19 people shot Friday night, 23 people shot Saturday and another 17 people shot from Sunday through Monday night.
But violence spiked Tuesday afternoon. At least 42 people were shot in Chicago between 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The youngest victim was a 13-year-old boy seriously wounded in a park Friday night.
Chicago regularly sees a spike in gun violence around Independence Day.
Last year, 62 people were shot and four were killed in shootings across Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend.
In 2015, 63 people were shot and 10 were killed in the Windy City during the holiday weekend.
This year’s carnage came less than a week after President Donald Trump announced that he sent federal agents to the streets of Chicago to help combat the city’s gun violence epidemic.
Crime and killings in Chicago have reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help. 1714 shootings in Chicago this year!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2017
Authorities confirmed to the Chicago Sun-Times Thursday that about 20 additional agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were sent to the city June 1 to help combat gun violence.
One of the victims in Chicago over the weekend, Duriel Lyke, 28, was seriously wounded after being shot in the head and leg by a drive-by shooter after leaving a funeral late Saturday night. Police say a second man injured in the shooting, a 27-year-old shot in the leg, may have been the intended target due to suspected gang ties.
Lyke’s father, Cook County Judge John Lyke, told WLS-TV that Chicago is “under siege.”
“This city is under siege with the violence and what I want these young men, young ladies to know that are out here with the guns is that life isn’t a video game. You can’t hit reset,” Judge Lyke said. “Not only to the victims of violence but to the perpetrators’ families as well. They didn’t choose to have this perpetrator pull that trigger, but they too will suffer if that perpetrator is caught and sentenced to prison.”