The little girl, was critically wounded on Monday night around 8 p.m. on the Northwest Side of Chicago, in the Logan Square neighborhood. According to Chicago Police, she was outside of a home during a party when a vehicle drove up and started shooting, neighbors reported hearing anywhere between 8 to 10 shots, in the span of approximately 15 seconds. Having suffered a gunshot wound to the back, a relative drove her to a hospital and she was later transferred to Stroger Hospital, where she was in critical condition.
Most recently, an 18-year-old man was also shot on the South Side of Chicago, where less than 20 minutes earlier, two men, both 22 years old, were injured in another drive-by shooting. A bit earlier Monday evening, a 23-year-old man was also critically wounded on the South Side in another shooting, as he was just diving down the street. A 22-year-old man driving northbound in South Side Chicago suffered gunshot wounds to both legs, after he too was shot while driving and less than an hour earlier, a teenage boy and two men were shot in the South Side Back of the Yards neighborhood. A 22-year-old man was walking in South Chicago when he was struck in the right arm and just before that on the West Side, a 28-year-old was in a vehicle when someone shot him.
Looking back to Memorial Day weekend, 64 people were shot and 6 of them were declared dead, making gunfire the ‘new norm’ in Chicago, because there is simply no end in sight to stopping the violence. In a population made up of nearly equal numbers of whites, blacks and Hispanics, 52 of the 64 people shot two weeks ago are black, 11 Hispanic and one white.
This level of violence that has become a terrifying norm, particularly in predominantly black and Latino neighborhoods on the South and West Sides. Part of the problem is the distrust between residents and law enforcement. Witnesses ‘can’t remember what happened’ and wounded victims refuse to cooperate with police, but, saying the same thing… ‘I felt a sting and realized I had been shot; I didn’t see anything.’
To put this situation into perspective, in 2015, authorities were only able to make arrests in just over a 1/4 of that year’s approximately 470 homicides, with Chicagoans calling the police more than 28,000 times in the first few months of 2016, to report gunfire! This shifting gang culture is making the city vulnerable in ways it cannot quite grasp and causing such chaos that some believe Federal intervention is the only answer.
So Y don’t we stop spinning the garbage the politicians are talking about on 24 hour cable networks and instead do something to make our own cities, right here in the United States, like Chicago…