August 28, 2023

At Least 22 Shot in Chicago Over the Weekend

At least 22 people were shot across the Chicago area over the weekend, including at least one fatality, according to police.

Many of the shootings have also included no suspects arrested, adding to safety concerns in the city.

"A man was fatally shot early Saturday on the Near West Side," ABC 7 reported. "Around 4 a.m., officers responded to calls of a person shot in the 2500-block of West Monroe Street and found the man shot in the chin and ankle, Chicago police said."

"He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he later died, police said. No one was in custody," it added.

The violence adds to 38 shootings and seven people killed in the city the previous weekend in what is becoming a new normal for Chicago.

"At least seven people were killed in shootings in Chicago’s weekend violence – including at least three teens – and more than three dozen other people wounded across Illinois’ largest city," Fox News reported.

The shootings included the death of one teenager just returning to school for the fall.

"A 14-year-old boy was struck in the head and chest by gunfire in the 8700 block of South Cregier Avenue at about 6:51 p.m. Saturday. Chicago Police said he was transported to Comer Children’s Hospital initially in critical condition but later succumbed to his injuries," it added.

Mayor Brandon Johnson campaigned to fix the city's violence in his campaign against former Mayor Lori Lightfoot (both Democrats) but the city seems to continue heading in the wrong direction in recent weeks.

The safety concerns are also concerns among some residents who are considering leaving the area, along with safety issues for those considering a visit to the Chicago area.

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