Barack Obama’s home town of Chicago, Illinois has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. However, they have done next to nothing to lower the city’s disturbingly high crime rate.
The weekend isn’t even halfway over, and ten people have already been shot in the midwestern city…
At least 10 people were shot on the South and West sides of the city during the first seven hours of the weekend, according to Chicago Police.
The latest attack happened about 4:15 a.m. Saturday in the Austin neighborhood, where a 24-year-old man heard gunfire and realized he’d been hit in the right leg in the 5000 block of West Adams. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stabilized, police said.
Forty-five minutes earlier on the Near West Side, four men were wounded in a shooting in the 100 block of North Seeley, though the victims were not cooperative with investigators, police said. The men showed up at Stroger Hospital and were listed in good condition. A 21-year-old was shot in the right ankle and a 34-year-old in both legs. The others, ages 36 and 39, each had wounds to the right leg. A gun was recovered at the crime scene, but police did not have more details.
At 2:20 a.m., someone in a white Pontiac shot a 20-year-old man in the left hand as he stood outside in West Englewood’s 5600 block of South Marshfield, police said. He was taken to Holy Cross Hospital in good condition.
In the Back of the Yards neighborhood, someone in a gray minivan shot two women about 2 a.m. in the 4700 block of South Laflin. One woman, 26, was shot in the back and taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, police said. The other, 31, declined treatment for a graze wound to the left shoulder.
About 9:20 p.m. Friday, a 29-year-old man was driving in Humboldt Park’s 1000 block of North Monticello when someone in a black Cadillac SUV opened fire, hitting him in the abdomen. The Cadillac kept following as the man drove east in the 3100 block of West Augusta, and it then rammed his car, sending it spinning into two other vehicles in oncoming traffic, police said. The man who was shot was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, police said. Two people in the other vehicles he crashed into were taken to Stroger and Mount Sinai hospitals in serious-to-critical condition, according to the Chicago Fire Department.
The weekend’s first shooting happened about 9 p.m. in Austin, where a vehicle pulled up to a 17-year-old boy in the 100 block of North Parkside and someone inside shot him in the back and elbow, police said. He took himself to West Suburban Medical Center in good condition.
And, perhaps as one of the most notable signs of just how tragically routine all of this gun violence — striking people going about their daily lives — Chicago has its own “shooting tracker” — so you can following along at home.
Follow weekend gun violence across Chicago with the Sun-Times shooting tracker.
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