63 Shot, 8 Dead In Chicago's 2nd Most Violent Weekend Of 2017

More people were shot in Chicago over this past weekend than any other this year, except for the Fourth of July weekend that spanned four days.  According to the Chicago Tribune and police data, a total of 63 people were shot and 8 were killed as violence erupted all over the city.

At least 63 people were shot in the city, and eight of them were killed, police said.  More than half of them were wounded over 13 hours from Saturday to early Sunday.  At least 16 more people were shot through the day Sunday, including three on the same street in South Austin.

 

The level of violence exceeded the 52 shot on the three-day Memorial Day but fell short of the 102 hit by gunfire over the long Fourth of July weekend, according to Tribune data.  Still, fewer people have been shot in Chicago this year than at this time last year: 2,435 compared to 2,710.

 

The wounded included a 14-year-old boy grazed in the chest and left knee while he walking with his sister and a friend just before 9:30 p.m. Friday in Pilsen.

 

An officer-involved shooting Saturday night left 33-year-old man with graze wounds to the head. Police said he confronted police with a gun and an officer fired.

The violence in Chicago continues despite the Trump administration sending in dozens of ATF agents to work with the Chicago Police Department back in June.  Per U.S. News, ATF agents were sent in to assist with ballistics information intended to help cops track down suspect quicker while identifying repeat offenders.

The ATF is sending 20 agents to Chicago to supplement ongoing efforts and coordinate with local agencies on a strike force aimed at solving shooting cases and using collected evidence and ballistics to find and stop gun traffickers, the Chicago Sun Times reported. They will join some 35 to 40 ATF agents already assigned to Chicago.

 

The goal is to use ballistics information submitted to a national database to identify when guns are used in multiple shootings and connect them to new cases. The beefed-up strike force, equipped with a mobile lab to quickly test new evidence, will help law enforcement build criminal cases against shooters and those providing the guns.

 

"We've been doing this all along but now it's being amped up," Dave Coulson, a spokesman for ATF in Chicago, told the Sun Times. "It's a more concerted effort."

 

"The goal is the prosecute as many of these guys as possible federally where they will serve longer prison terms," Anthony Riccio, head of the Chicago Police Department's organized crime unit, told the paper.

Meanwhile, the following daily tracking graph from HeyJackAss! helps to put the surge in violence this past weekend into perspective.

 

Per the Chicago Tribune, this weekend's shootings occurred across the city, from Rogers Park on the Far North Side, where a 32-year-old man was killed early Sunday, to West Pullman on the Far South Side, where seven people were shot outside a banquet hall a few hours later the same day.

 

Finally, as we've noted before, 2017 is still shaping up to be every bit as devastating for the residents of Chicago as 2016 was. 

Comments

GUS100CORRINA Mr. Universe Mon, 08/21/2017 - 18:49 Permalink

63 Shot, 8 Dead In Chicago's 2nd Most Violent Weekend Of 2017My response: These numbers are really BIG. I guess my visits to Chicago in the near future will be curtailed indefinitely.The time for curfews and martial law maybe a lot closer for Chicago than anyone wants to believe.====In a society where all lies, all deceptions, all corruptions are accepted, that society will lose control of everything. Chaos will begin to take over, and the only way that chaos will be slowed down will be when dictatorial control, or maybe even a police state is formed, where thought and behavior is fixed, and anybody out of bounds is punished. Eventually, the chaos has to be controlled. We’re not headed toward socialism; we could very well be headed toward a dictatorship in our world. Is this hard to grasp?

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Son of Loki Mr. Universe Mon, 08/21/2017 - 18:48 Permalink

Rahm and every single black leader there bashed the Chicago police so hard and the media like CNN chirped in, so the police said, "Fuck it!" I can't blame them. Let Rahm and the black leaders go into those ghettoes to calm the savages. Send in Anderson Pooper and Tapper and Acosta. Add Chuck Todd the arrogant prig.See how long they last. If Cooped rolls his blue eyes and bats his eye lashes he'll be gang raped by 50 of them before they slice him open and throw him in the dumpster.

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Darkman17 Stu Elsample Mon, 08/21/2017 - 19:04 Permalink

I think you guys are too happy this is happening... While I am not upset about it, no reason to celebrate. At the end of the day someones son, brother, father died and that person is not likely to be better off because of it. I know we are all burned out on liberal bullshit, hypocrisy, and being accused of being the problem because we are white and men, but lets not let this bad chapter in American history erode our principles and compassion for humans who are suffering (even if its their own or their 'leaders' fault). 

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besnook Darkman17 Mon, 08/21/2017 - 19:12 Permalink

there is stuff you can do something about and stuff you can't do anything about. wisdom is knowing the difference. ghetto blacks have to help themselves. there is nothing you can do about what they are doing to themselves. sad it is but not your problem as long as they are shooting each other and not at you.

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Mena Arkansas Mon, 08/21/2017 - 18:38 Permalink

At this rate, it's still going to take 270 years for the Chicago blacks to ethnically cleanse themselves.Maybe holder and hillary can set up a fast and furious benghazi arms pipeline to speed things up.Or raum can just call on his irgun terrorist heritage and start blowing shit up.

trailer park boys Mon, 08/21/2017 - 18:39 Permalink

A dozen more were shot and 3 killed just this afternoon, when the denizens of Chicago's south and west sides were confused by the solar eclipse and thought nightfall had already arrived.