Chicago: 13 Shot in 30 Minutes
In Chicago, people are assaulting one another at breakneck speed. From Thursday night until Friday morning, 19 people were shot in Chicago. Even worse, 13 people were shot in 30 minutes. Even though the overnight violence spilled over into the morning, the majority of injuries were sustained during shootings between 9:15PM and 9:45PM.
The Chicago Tribune reports:
The overnight shootings peaked between 9:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. That’s when eight people, many of them teens, were shot at 79th Street and Essex Avenue about 9:30 p.m.
Then two men were wounded in the Ida B. Wells / Darrow Homes complex at about 9:25 p.m., police said. The men, 27 and 33, were shot in the 600 block of East 37th Street and taken to the University of Chicago Hospitals, police said. The younger man was shot in the head and the other in the right arm, Gaines said.
Around the same time, two other men were wounded in the arms in a drive-by shooting in the 2900 block of West 39th Place in the Brighton Park neighborhood.
And there were, of course, shootings throughout the night. One man told police he was just talking on the phone when he heard a shot ring out and realized he’d been hit. Three other men say they were just walking when a vehicle pulled up beside them, and at least one man inside opened fire.
The Chicago Police Department had previously said that it had made several gang arrests, but those arrests have done little to reduce the violence in the city. It is unclear whether last night’s rash of shootings will force the city to revise its strategy for reducing violence.
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