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Chicago, IL — Chicago was rcked by another weekend of violence by ‘peaceful protestors.’ The Chicago Police Department is reporting that 54 people were shot over the weekend, ten fatally.
Two Chicago Police Officers were shot while performing a traffic stop after pulling over a car that matched a description given by 911 caller who reported a man driving around waving a gun.
According to the Police Superintendent David Brown said that once the two officers pulled the car over, they saw a gun in the car. The driver jumped from the front seat to the back seat and refused to open the car door. When the two officers broke the car window to get the man out of the car, he pulled a gun and shot both officers.
A third officer arrived on the scene and returned fire. He hit and injured the suspect, who is listed as in fair condition. All three are expected to survive.
Normal Citizens Trying To Live Their Lives
In addition to the two police officers, dozens of average citizens were shot in acts of random violence. Here is a sample, published by NBC-5 Chicago:
- At approximately 12:20 a.m. in the 100 block of West Huron, a 27-year-old man was walking when a person in a white SUV fired shots at him, striking him multiple times in the legs. Police said the man was driven by a friend to Rush Hospital, then was transferred to Stroger, where he is in fair condition.
- A 23-year-old woman is in critical condition after she was shot in the 11400 block of South King Drive at approximately 12:30 a.m. According to witnesses on the scene, two men at a party began firing shots at one another, and the woman was struck in the neck by a stray bullet. She is being treated at Christ Hospital.
- In the 2300 block of West Lyndale at approximately 1:35 a.m., a 27-year-old man was parking his car when a man walked up to him and asked his gang affiliation. Police say the gunman then fired shots into the car, striking the victim in the arm. He drove to Illinois Masonic, where he was listed in good condition.
- Just before 4 a.m. in the 6800 block of South Winchester, a 66-year-old man was inside a residence when a person fired shots from his porch, striking him in the foot. He was taken to Holy Cross Hospital in good condition, police said.
- At approximately 4:47 p.m. in the 400 block of South Kostner, a 19-year-old male vehicle was in a vehicle when an unknown vehicle pulled up alongside his, and someone inside fired shots. The victim sustained a gunshot wound to the chest and was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition.
- In the 6800 block of South Perry at approximately 5:14 p.m., a 48-year-old male victim was shot during an altercation with another man, police said. The victim sustained a gunshot wound to the stomach and was transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition.
- A 21-year-old man was shot at approximately 5:22 p.m. while traveling in a vehicle on East 47th Street, police said. Another vehicle pulled up alongside and someone inside fired shots, officers stated. The victim sustained a gunshot wound to the back, the right arm and was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in stable condition.
- A man and a woman sustained gunshot wounds at approximately 6:41 p.m. in the 900 block of West Garfield Boulevard, according to police. The victims, both 21 years old, were shot while driving in a gray sedan. The male victim sustained gunshot wounds to the chest and back and was transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition. The female victim sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition.
- In the 7000 block of South State Street at approximately 9:56 p.m., a 28-year-old man was driving when he was shot in the leg. According to police, he drove himself to the University of Chicago, and is listed in fair condition.
- Just after 11 p.m. in the 600 block of East 88th Street, a 48-year-old man was involved in a verbal altercation when another man pulled out a gun and shot him multiple times in both thighs. Police say the victim was taken to the University of Chicago in good condition.
- A 24-year-old man was standing in the 6300 block of South Throop at approximately 11:21 p.m. when he was shot in the leg. Police say the man was taken to the Little Company of Mary hospital, where he was listed in good condition.
And that’s just Saturday! The list for Sunday is just as long and the shootings are just as random and pointless! This isn’t a failure of gun control because Chicago already has some of the strictest gun control in the country!
Worst Year On Record
The reports on crime for the month of August will be released on Tuesday or Wednesday, but even by August 1st, 2020 was a year for the record books in Chicago.
As of August 1st, more than 2,240 people had been shot in the Windy City. Of those, 440 died. In comparison, 2019 saw 290 homicides and 1,480 shootings in the same time frame.
Adding together the shootings so far in August and adding them to the total from January 1st through July 31st, we estimate there will be at least 2,500 shootings so far in Chicago.
Gun Control Is An Embarrassment
Mayor Lori Lightfoot continues to blame Trump, Indiana, a lack of more gun control, or really anybody except the people in her own city. She refuses to take responsibility for allowing this violence and mayhem to go unchecked. She refuses to tell County Prosecutor Kim Foxx to actually charge and prosecute the violent criminals that the Chicago Police Department is arresting.
And that’s how gun owners can tell that this isn’t really about safety or wasted lives. This is 100% about an anti-gun agenda. When politicians like Lori Lightfoot won’t do the bare minimum to stop the violence and destruction in her city, then gun owners are done pretending that this is a gun violence problem.