Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot lost control of the city and the respect of the residents long ago and all that is left is to wait for her to be voted out of office. Sadly for many, that will come too late as the out-of-control violence will continue until the city gets new leadership.
Lightfoot is overmatched for the job and the Dem machine-controlled aldermen are starting to revolt, which is never a good sign for an unpopular mayor. Even Jesse Jackson told her she needs to find a solution after the weekend’s carnage, and soon, and that is not good for Lightfoot as Jackson still has some influence in the city.
Chicago just saw its deadliest and most violent weekend of the year. The Fourth of July saw over 100 people shot with 19 of them killed. But it gets worse for Lightfoot. Among the wounded were at least 13 children. And two Chicago police supervisors.
Both the number of fatal shootings and the number of shootings overall are highs for 2021, according to a Chicago Sun-Times database of shootings. By 5 p.m. Monday, Chicago had recorded 2,000 shootings this year, the Sun-Times’ database shows.
In one of the holiday weekend incidents, a 15-year-old boy was critically hurt in a drive-by shooting Monday evening at 5:50 p.m. when a dark-colored vehicle drove by and someone from inside pulled out a gun and fired shots in the 6600 block of South Langley Avenue in Woodlawn, police said.
About a half-hour earlier, a 48-year-old was arguing with a person in a home about 5:20 p.m. in the 8600 block of South Aberdeen Street when he was shot and killed, police said.
That followed an incident when two people were killed and four wounded, including a 12-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy in Washington Park on the South Side.
That happened around the same time that a 6-year-old girl and a woman were shot in West Pullman and about four hours after an 11-year-old boy and a man were shot in Brainerd on the South Side. And late Sunday afternoon, a 5-year-old girl was shot in a leg, also in West Pullman.
The Washington Park shooting happened around 1:05 a.m. Monday in the 6100 block of South Wabash Avenue, where a large group of kids and adults gathered outside in a parking lot outside an apartment building to socialize and light off fireworks. Someone inside a car that drove by a group of people there started shooting, according to the police.
A 21-year-old man, shot twice in the head, and a 26-year-old man, shot in the torso, were pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center, police said.
The 12-year-old was struck in the buttocks and taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, according to the police, who said the 13-year-old was shot in a hand and also taken to Comer to be treated.
A woman, 29, was struck in the elbow and taken to the hospital in good condition, and the sixth victim, a 34-year-old woman, suffered two graze wounds, according to the police.
“I wish that whatever this madness is going on, I wish that it would stop,” said Toni Watkins, who lives in an apartment complex that overlooks the parking lot where the shooting was and has lived in the area for seven years. “Usually, I feel safe around here. But now this has me questioning it because it’s close to home right now.”
She said she’s fearful for her own 16-year-old daughter.
“I tell her every day, ‘If you’re going out or going to work, please be careful, and come back home to me. Stay away from those knuckleheads,’ ” Watkins said.
Watkins said she cried when she heard about an earlier shooting in which a 1-month-old baby was shot last week while in a car. She said she’s distraught over kids being shot: “They didn’t ask to be hurt. I just pray and hope that the kids are OK that got hurt.”
"We were crying with the families of other victims of gun violence a the hospital. This is another senseless loss."— Megan Hickey (@MeganHickeyTV) July 5, 2021
University of Chicago student Max Lewis was shot and killed by a stray bullet on the CTA Green Line.
More from his loved ones at 5 &6 @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/DOfV560tNk
Chrys Carvajal was a National Guard soldier.— Alexis McAdams (@AlexisMcAdamsTV) July 5, 2021
The 19 year-old shot to death when he stepped outside of a party on the NW side.
His family is asking anyone with information to come forward.
Chrys is among 37 shot, 9 killed this weekend. @ABC7Chicago #Chicago #Violence pic.twitter.com/M2mWN6YayC