Chicago is once again a hotbed of homicides, especially as the weather gets warmer. Last week, the city hit its 200th homicide mark, just four days later than last year. Last year was Chicago’s most violent to date. This year, the homicide rate does not appear to be letting up.
President Trump has threatened to send in the feds, and he might just have to, sooner rather than later. In a recent violent weekend, 10 people were shot in one day at a memorial in the Brighton Park neighborhood. “At least 1,114 people have been shot in Chicago this year compared with 1,239 this time last year, according to Tribune data.”
Chicago Tribune reports:
The Washington Park neighborhood, on the South Side, has logged at least four homicides this year. Last year, there were a total of 12 homicides, according to Tribune data.
At the scene of Monday night’s homicide, a young man screamed when a white work van arrived to pick up the body.
Officers moved their cars, revealing the man’s body on the sidewalk. Two workers placed the body in the van and drove off while officers began taking down red and yellow crime scene tape that zigzagged the crime scene.
Family and friends remained huddled together on Garfield Boulevard as more people arrived. A family member there declined to comment.
The shooting was one of three that happened within a two-hour period Monday on the South Side.
• In Gresham about 9:20 p.m., a 28-year-old man was shot in the legs while in the 1600 block of West 81st Street. He took himself to Roseland Community Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.
• About 8:45 p.m. on the Far South Side, an 18-year-old man was shot in the 10100 block of South Avenue N in the East Side neighborhood. He was sitting in a vehicle when someone shot him in the head, police said. He was taken in serious condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said.
No arrests have been made in the shootings.