While the nation focuses its collective attention on Donald Trump’s alleged misdeeds and Hillary Clinton’s documented corruption, and as the drumbeat of war gets louder from Russia, there is a terrible bloody conflict going on right in the heartland, in our “Second City” of Chicago.Another weekend, another bloodbath.
The Chicago Sun Times reports, Seven men were killed and at least 31 others have been wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening, according to Chicago Police.The weekend’s latest homicide happened Saturday morning in the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest Side.
Here’s just a summary of a few incidents:
About 8:15 p.m., a mass shooting in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side left one person dead and six more wounded.They were standing together in the 3300 block of West Maypole when someone in a black vehicle going east opened fire, police said. Three men, ages 26, 27 and 34, suffered gunshot wounds to the arms and legs and took themselves and 32-year-old Jeffrey Brinson to Mount Sinai Hospital, authorities said. Brinson, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds, was pronounced dead at 8:33 p.m. The men were all listed in good condition. Also, a 31-year-old man was shot in the left arm and a 22-year-old woman was shot in the right foot, police said. Both were taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition. A 21-year-old woman suffered a graze wound to the face and was treated at the scene.
About 15 minutes earlier, two men were killed in an Austin neighborhood drive-by shooting on the West Side. An 18-year-old man and 20-year-old Jermale Richardson were standing about 8 p.m. by a parked car in the 5500 block of West Congress Parkway when a grey vehicle pulled up and someone inside fired shots, authorities said. The vehicle drove away west after the shooting. The unidentified younger man was shot in the head and taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Richardson, of the 1100 block of South Albany, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was also taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:42 p.m. His death was ruled a homicide.
A site called Hey Jackass which tallies up Chicago crime notes the shooting total for the week of Oct 9-15 is 17 shot and killed, and 94 wounded. Year-to-date, a total of 3,473 people have been shot in Chicago, 537 fatally.Of the homicide victims, 77 percent were black and for all you Black Lives Matters folks keeping tabs, police were involved in only ONE percent of the shootings.
There is a terrible tragedy ongoing on the streets of Chicago affecting thousands of black lives, and no one on the left seems to care.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]