According to the Chicago Tribune on Friday, America is not finished with the gun violence on our streets, as more innocent citizens are being shot and maimed at random.
A gunman armed with an apparent military-assault weapon walked up to a basketball court in the 1800 block of West 51st Street in Chicago around 10:15 p.m. Thursday and opened fire, injuring 13 people, including a three year-old child.
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said it was a "miracle" no one was killed when an unknown subject walked up to the entrance of Cornell Square Park in the 1800 block of West 51st Street around 10:15 p.m. Thursday and opened fire.
A "pick-up" basketball game had started, and everyone was enjoying the evening and the camaraderie that comes with neighborhood athletics. Now, over twelve hours have passed since a three year-old child and 12 others were shot, many in the arms and legs.
McCarthy is adamant in his plea for better gun control, saying, "A military-grade weapon on the streets of Chicago is simply unacceptable." It is a plea that has been heard already this week, by relatives and friends of the Navy Yard victims of gun violence that took place on Monday.
Police sources are saying the shooting may stem from a dispute between the Black P. Stones and Gangster Disciples, two of a number of gangs in Chicago. It is not known at this time if any of those shot were targeted, although why anyone would target a three year-old is questionable.
Most interesting is the fact that the shooter is apparently known, and witnesses at the scene have said he is not safe from what is known as "the justice of the streets." The Rev. Corey Brooks urged the shooter or shooters to surrender or face justice on the streets. "There are people who know exactly who the shooter is," he said. "And I'm sure he will not be safe shooting 13 people."