There were at least 29 shot in Chicago over the weekend, and some of those were fatal gun shots. Chicago had another weekend of violence. The first fatal shooting of the weekend was back on Friday afternoon. An 18-year-old was found by police in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. He was one of four that died of gun shot wounds during the weekend. NBC Chicago reported on the violent weekend on June 8.
The 18-year-old man was not the only person shot during that Friday afternoon incident. A 20-year-old man drove himself to the hospital after shooting himself in the foot. He was in good condition. The incident on Friday was just the start of the violent weekend for Chicago residents. Several more shootings happened during the weekend.
Another fatal shooting happened on Friday night. A woman was taken to the hospital after a shooting during a possible domestic incident. She was pronounced dead at the hospital. Two fatal shootings happened on Saturday, and there were several incidents in the overnight hours of Saturday and into Sunday morning. At least 29 were shot in incidents over the weekend.
The shootings did not only involve civilians though. Two officers were also shot over the weekend, according to NBC Chicago. Malik Shabazz has been charged with five counts of first degree murder after shooting two officers during a routine traffic stop on Friday night. The officers pulled over Shabazz around 11:30 p.m. on Friday night. When the officers stepped out of their vehicle to approach, the man opened fire on the officers. The officers returned fire, and the man and woman inside the vehicle were wounded.
One officer was wounded during the incident. A 38-year-old officer was shot in the knee, and he was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center. He will recover from his injury. The second officer at the scene took the bullet in his bullet proof vest, and he was released from the hospital after treatment. Shabazz was still in the hospital for his injuries on Sunday. The woman that was with him in the car was shot in the shoulder. She was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital for treatment.
This is not the first violent weekend for Chicago in 2014. In fact, Chicago is a city known for violence. According to NPR, there were 157 homicides in Chicago in 2013. Cheryl Corley from the site said the following about violence in the city: "In 2013, at least 412 Chicagoans lost their lives violently — about 100 fewer than a year ago. That's more than those murdered in New York, and more than Los Angeles. But a Yale University analysis says that despite Chicago's grim numbers, the city's crime rate is not exceptional when compared with other large cities."
Corley also revealed that Chicago ranks 19th in the nation in "violent crime levels." This has it on par with the cities of Houston or Minneapolis. The gun violence in the city has pushed the mayor to propose new gun laws. What do you think? Do you live in Chicago? Did your city have a similar weekend? Share your thoughts below.