Chicago violence over the Easter weekend left nine people murdered and at least 35 persons injured, according to a Chicago Tribune report on Sunday night. There is no way around the obvious which is that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his choice of Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy are having an extremely difficult time of coming up with methods to curb violence in the city. While the two have boasted of curbed violence recently during the frigid weather, they are left silent during the warmer days and nights in the city. The temperature reached the 70s on Easter Sunday.
The latest shootings on Sunday night involved four girls and one boy who were shot just after they left an Easter barbecue. A 15-year-old girl reportedly was riding in a vehicle when she was shot. The five children who were shot on Sunday night ranged in age from 11-to-15. These children were shot just after 7:30 p.m. in the 6600 block of South Michigan Avenue, according to an NBC news report.
As has happened in the past, when young people have been gunned down, the gunmen asked a person if they are a member of a particular gang before the violence begins. In this weekend’s case, the persons shot had said they were not in a gang. However, even though the youngsters say they don’t belong to any gang, they were shot anyway.
Other shootings on Easter Sunday occurred in the afternoon. The Chicago Tribune reported that at approximately 1 p.m. on the 2800 block of South Sawyer Avenue, two people were killed The area is known as the Little Village neighborhood on the city’s Southwest side. In this shooting incident, a 33-year-old man was shot in the head and pronounced at the scene. The report also revealed that another man, 19 years of age, was shot in the chest and taken to a hospital in the area where he was pronounced dead, also.
A shooting on Chicago’s Southwest Side also involved the death of two other persons. In that case, the shooter was a Cook County Jail worker and his wife was a Chicago Police officer. The two are the subject of an Easter murder-suicide.
There were two other shootings in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood on the city’s Southwest Side early Sunday. These two other shootings are believed to involve gang members. It was said that, in both of these cases, gang slogans were shouted by the assailants. These alleged gang-related shootings occurred at about 1:30 a.m. on Hamlin Avenue between 24th and 25th Streets.
Among the other shootings on Sunday afternoon, a 27-year-old and a 30-year-old were shot around 9 a.m. That particular incident occurred on the 83—block of South Ada Street. Beyond the massive shootings and killings in the Little Village neighborhood, there were other shootings from throughout the city over the holiday weekend.