It did not take long for the first death to get notched in Chicago this weekend.
The New Year was not even 90 minutes old when the first body was dropped.
All told, the city saw 30 shootings this weekend, with seven of them being fatal.
The weekend started off fairly rough, with there being 12 shootings on Friday night along, with two of them being fatalities.
Early Sunday morning, the first death was reported around 1:30 a.m. when a shooting was reported at “the 2100-block of West Division Street.”
There was yet another shooting involving a teenager when a Kia was shot up by people in another car, an apparent targeted hit.
The teenager that was driving the car later succumbed to his wounds.
An older man was shot dead while standing on the sidewalk on “the 5000-block of West Superior Avenue.”
According to reports, he was doing nothing when a car pulled up beside him and opened fire, killing the man.
The heartbreaking story of the weekend is yet another child getting killed in the city.
A nine-year-old little boy was shot in his home on the 9400 block of S. Wallace Street. Police are still investigating that shooting.
Lightfoot’s Chicago had 723 homicides in 2022, down slightly from the year before, but still a horrific number that must be addressed.
Lightfoot is in the middle of a re-election campaign that will be contested and very close, far closer than Lightfoot had ever anticipated. Since Chicago is an open-election, Lightfoot has several local Democrats coming after her, at least two of which are going to be a problem for her.
Reports recently surfaced that Lightfoot had encrypted police scanners, which was preventing crime reporters from getting a jump on crime stories. Lightfoot maintained it was to protect officers, but most believe it is so she can hide crime from reporters.
She may be able to hide the small crimes, but murders are always going to find their way to fill the white space. You can’t hide, Lori!