DEVELOPING: 7 shot and killed, 17 wounded…

It is with particularly heavy heart, that on the weekend of Martin Luther King’s birthday, we must once again report on a stream of gun violence on the streets of Chicago.

From Friday afternoon through to 5:30 am local time this morning, 24 people have been shot, 7 of those fatally. It’s not a stretch to believe those figures will increase by the time this sad day ends.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Twenty-four people have been shot across the city over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend, leaving seven dead, according to Chicago Police.

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Shortly after midnight on Sunday on the West Side, Chicago Police officers chased and shot an armed man several times in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, police said. Officers suspect he was involved in another shooting. Police found a 51-year-old woman shot in the chest and another woman who might have been injured in the initial shooting. The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the incident.

Twenty-four people have been shot across the city over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend, leaving seven dead, according to Chicago Police.

Shortly after midnight on Sunday on the West Side, Chicago Police officers chased and shot an armed man several times in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, police said. Officers suspect he was involved in another shooting. Police found a 51-year-old woman shot in the chest and another woman who might have been injured in the initial shooting. The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the incident.

Sadly, for these victims — as it is nearly every weekend in Chicago — there will be no marches, no speeches, no vigils.

It’s just “how things are” in the inner city of Chicago. And until its citizens change their behavior and their attitudes towards their fellow men, this tragic toll will continue to rise.

So far this year, a person is shot every two hours and 48 minutes and murdered every 16 hours and 48 minutes in Chicago.

And 73 percent of the victims are black. Where oh where is the outrage from Black Lives Matter?

[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]

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