Chicago Hospital Stops Accepting Gunshot Victims After Trauma Center Overwhelmed

As we noted on Sunday, El Paso and Dayton aren't the only US cities to have suffered tragic shootings. 

Following 60 shootings in the first 96 hours of August - seven of which were deadly, Chicago's Mount Sinai Hospital temporarily stopped accepting patients on Sunday because they hit maximum capacity after 17 people were shot between Saturday night and Sunday morning, according to Chicago's WGN9

12 of the victims were rushed to Mt. Sinai, causing the hospital to go "on bypass" for several hours - meaning ambulances are unable to new patients in and must divert to one of the city's other four trauma centers.

The hospital went "off bypass" at around 6:30 a.m. and has been accepting new patients since. 

Trauma center capacity issues entirely uncommon in Chicago, according to Hospital official Roberta Rakove, who said that in previous year's shootings, "all Level 1 trauma centers were overwhelmed, but we all managed."

"This weekend was not that kind of weekend, but it was enough."

Responding to the violence, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a Sunday press conference "We experienced an unacceptable and disheartening level of gun violence on the West Side last night."

"You have to stop yourself and ask what will it take before we get a handle on what's going on," adding "Not only in Chicago, but across the country."

"From police departments to the court systems to prosecutors to legislators -- we have to come together and figure out more common-sense solutions to these problems because clearly too many of our citizens are being shot and killed."

On Sunday we noted that while Chicago's August is off to a bloody start - this weekend was actually one of the city's better ones in recent history. 


We're sure the 2020 candidates are offering internal 'thoughts and prayers' for the Democatic stronghold of Chicago, which has some of the toughest gun laws in the country.