At least six people are dead in Chicago shootings in a wave of Memorial Weekend violence that might not be over yet. An earlier report said that 11 people were injured, but the count is now up to 16. And the final toll probably won’t be known for another day.
The multiple Chicago shootings are separate and likely unrelated. The youngest man was a 17-year-old killed Friday.
The oldest was 42-year-old Charles Jones who was shot in the head in the aftermath of an auto accident early Sunday morning. Jones, who manages a gentleman’s club, was driving his 2007 Maserati when he was sideswiped by a 2005 Buick LaCrosse.
Although descriptions of what happened next vary, at some point after he got out of the Maserati, Jones was shot dead. At least one witness said that he was unarmed and had his hands up.
A 44-year-old woman with Jones was shot in the back and seriously injured as well, although she was reportedly still alive at the time of writing.
It’s only the latest string of incidents in a brutal crime wave that has struck Chicago. Locals were particularly outraged by the March slaying of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins. That investigation is still ongoing, but Chicago Tribune reporter Adam Sege said on Monday morning that the police have now arrested a suspect who could be charged in a matter of hours.
Sege added that the crime wave has been going on for some time. In 2012, there were over 500 people murdered in Chicago, mostly by gun violence — the first time the Second City hit that grim statistic since 2008.
A mind-boggling list of Friday and Saturday night shootings was compiled by NBC News — and, at that time, they only had information about 11 of the injured.
Some people think that it will take political change to end the violence, but not everyone agrees on what form the change should take.
@johngrisham11 @foxnews Where is Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, et. al.
— cecil brown (@cbrownx) May 27, 2013
6 dead 11 wounded in Memorial Day Weekend shootings in Chicago. Tough guns laws there–where’s Obama? usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/…
— Mr.L(@MrLTavern) May 27, 2013
With six dead in Chicago shootings in just three days, people will demand answers.
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