The 70 percent nonwhite city of Chicago has set a new record for shootings, with 20 reported in just 16 hours, resulting in at least two deaths—a dramatic upturn in the violence which has become a feature of all majority black and Hispanic American cities.
According to a report in the Chicago Tribune—which of course is careful not to mention race—the rampage from Wednesday to Thursday this week included several disparate incidents, mostly involving drive-by shootings.
A twelve-year-old was shot while entering Golden Fish & Chicken in the 200 block of South Western Avenue shortly before 7 p.m. when a red SUV pulled up and shots were fired, the police told the Chicago Tribune. Passersby reported that as many as fifteen shots were fired in the targeted shooting.
The restaurant’s windows were shot out, and broken glass littered the pavement, the report added.
Later, a 23-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man were in a red car on Lake Shore Drive near Michigan Avenue when another vehicle followed them and someone inside it fired shots, police said.
The man drove to Jefferson and Harrison streets in the South Loop, where the couple called 911, police said. The man was hit in the buttocks and the woman was hit in the head, police said. Both were taken to Stroger Hospital, where the man was listed in good condition and the woman in serious condition.
One of the fatal shootings occurred in the 5800 block of West Augusta Boulevard in the Austin neighborhood around 5:30 p.m. when someone opened fire from a car at two men.
A 22-year-old man was hit in the wrist and the chest and was taken to Loyola University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. A 21-year-old man also was wounded and went to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, where he was in good condition with a gunshot wound to his finger and arm.
In the same neighborhood, a 28-year-old man was found dead in a vacant lot in the 5400 block of West Walton Street at 9:35 p.m. The man suffered a single gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Around midnight, a 34-year-old man was wounded in the Logan Square neighborhood on the Northwest Side. The man was in a car in the 2600 block of West North Avenue when someone in another vehicle pulled up and fired shots. The man was shot in the neck and was taken to Stroger Hospital in fair condition.
About 11:15 p.m., a 23-year-old man was wounded in the Gresham neighborhood on the South Side. The man was standing outside in the 600 block of West 80th Street when he was shot in the leg and groin, and he was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where his condition stabilized.
About 10:30 p.m., a 30-year-old man was wounded in the Homan Square neighborhood on the West Side. The man was in a vehicle in the 3400 block of West Flournoy Street when someone walking nearby fired shots, hitting the victim in the chest, arm, and wrist.
About 10 p.m., a 21-year-old man was shot in the 6700 block of South Blackstone Avenue in the Grand Crossing neighborhood. He went to Jackson Park Hospital and was listed in good condition.
About 7:30 p.m., a 15-year-old boy was shot in Rogers Park on the Far North Side. The boy was outside when a vehicle pulled up and someone inside fired shots, hitting the boy in the arm. He was taken to Presence St. Francis Hospital in Evanston.
At 5:15 p.m. a 23-year-old man was shot in the 3400 block of West 83rd Place of the Ashburn neighborhood. The man was outside a home when a vehicle drove by and its occupants opened fire. The man managed to run into the home and was taken to Holy Cross Hospital with gunshot wounds to his buttocks and upper leg.
An 18-year-old man was shot at 3 p.m. in the 3100 block of West Walnut Street of East Garfield Park neighborhood. The man was in the when a black SUV pulled up and someone inside began firing. The man was shot in the right leg and managed to get to Mount Sinai Hospital.
A 22-year-old man was critically wounded in the 7100 block of South Cornell Avenue in the South Shore neighborhood around 1:15 p.m. A gunman got out of a blue SUV and began firing, hitting the man in the neck, right leg, and back. The victim was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition.
At 1:05 p.m. two people were shot in the 6400 block of South Vernon Avenue in the West Woodlawn neighborhood. A 32-year-old man was shot in the left buttock when someone chased him and began firing. A stray bullet struck a 64-year-old woman in the buttocks, he said. Both victims were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
A 17-year-old girl was shot in the 200 block of North Latrobe Avenue in the Austin neighborhood. The girl was hit in the right arm at 12:15 p.m. when a car pulled up and someone inside began firing. The girl was taken to Stroger Hospital.
At 12:05 p.m. two people were shot as they stood on a porch in the 5500 block of South Shields Avenue in the Englewood neighborhood. A 20-year-old woman was shot in the foot and was taken to St. Bernard Hospital. A 29-year-old man was shot in the buttocks and also was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center.
At 9:40 a.m., a 17-year-old was shot in the 1000 block of North Ridgeway Avenue in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. He was hit in the right arm when he was caught in the crossfire as two people shot at each other, according to what he told police. He managed to get to Norwegian American Hospital.
According to the Chicago Tribune’s homicide monitor, there have been 238 fatal shootings this year in Chicago, compared to 489 for all of last year.
The Chicago Tribune also reported earlier in April that the city had topped its 1,000 shooting “weeks earlier” than previous years.
The increase in shootings and homicides is linked to two factors: the exponentially growing nonwhite population, spurred on by massive Hispanic immigration, and the “Black Lives Matter” movement, which has forced many police departments around the country onto the defensive.
As a result, the criminal mayhem which marks all Third World countries is rapidly engulfing all major US cities, as the Chicago example bears out.