Deadly weekend in Chicago adds to staggering number of gun crimes

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As of Monday, April 24, 992 people have been shot in Chicago in 2017.  The data comes from the Chicago Tribune, who reported that the numbers are a little better than last year at this time.

In 2016, the city passed the 1,000 shootings point on April 20.  By the 24th, the tally was 1,054.

It isn’t a huge drop, and after a particularly violent weekend, the numbers aren’t encouraging. Especially since the homicide rate is nearly the same this year as last.

Chicago_Police_SUVIn 2016, Chicago saw 180 homicides by this time in the year.  Today, there have been at least 179 homicides, 7 of those occurring over the weekend, which also saw 31 others wounded by gun fire.

The numbers result in a shrinking of residents.  New census data shows that Chicago lost “more residents than any other US metropolitan area”, according to the New York Post.

In total, Chicago saw 3,550 shooting incidents and 762 murders in 2016, accounting for an average of 2 murders and almost 10 shootings a day.

This last weekend, between 12:30 pm and 9:40 pm, four men were fatally shot and six other people were wounded on Sunday alone.

According to the Tribune:

  • At around 12:30 p.m., 30-year-old Ryan D. Thornton was shot in the left cheek, left hip and other areas on the left side while sitting in a vehicle. He was pronounced dead at 2:00 p.m.
  • At about 1:05 p.m., a 21-year-old man died and another man, 24, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the groin a man after a shooter opened fire as they sat in a vehicle when in the Longwood Manor neighborhood. The 21-year-old was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital.
  • About 2:45 p.m. a 40-year-old man was wounded in a shooting and listed in critical condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center.
  • About 4 p.m., a 21-year-old man was on a bicycle when a gunman fired shots at him. He was shot in the foot and taken to Holy Cross Hospital in good condition.
  • At around 7 p.m.  Santwon D. Mobley, 22, was fatally shot as he was getting out of a vehicle. He died at 7:59 p.m.
  • At about 7:15 p.m., 19-year-old Isaiah E. Sanchez was shot while he was a passenger in a vehicle, and he was pronounced dead at 8:33 p.m.
  • About 9:10 p.m., a 21-year-old man was shot when someone fired shots through a door he was opening. His condition was stabilized at Advocate Christ Medical Center.
  • About 9:10 p.m., a 25-year-old man was shot in the ankle while sitting outside.  He was listed in good condition at Advocate Trinity Hospital.
  • About 9:40 p.m., a 19-year-old woman was shot in a drive-by shooting. Her condition was stabilized at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

H/T: Chicago Tribune

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