Chicago Has Second Worst Weekend For Gun Violence: 8 Dead, 45 Wounded

Tyjuan Poindexter

Chicago is still grappling with its violence problem. The Windy City experienced its second worst weekend for gun violence with eight people shot dead and 45 people wounded between Friday evening and early Monday, according to the Chicago Tribune.

This past weekend’s gun violence surpasses the Fourth of July weekend from July 3-6 when 57 people were shot, seven fatally. This includes the tragic murder of 7-year-old Omari Brown.

Chicago Tribune goes on to report some devastating statistics:

“When compared with non-holiday weekends, this past weekend was the worst with 53 people shot. The next highest weekends were Aug. 8-10 with 48, May 15-18 with 46, and Aug. 21-24 with 43.

Forty or more people were shot every weekend from July 24 to 27 to Aug. 28-31.

Since March, the number of gunshot victims has reached double digits every single weekend, according to the data. Since April 10-13, the number of gunshot victims has always been 25 or more.

This weekend’s shootings bring the year’s total to at least 2,213, according to an analysis of a Chicago Tribune database. That’s an increase of more than 350 over last year and more than 500 over 2013, according to Tribune data.

There were at least 365 homicide victims in Chicago through Monday morning this year, 53 more than last year and 38 more than 2013, according to a Tribune database on homicides.”

Among the victims from this past weekend was 14-year-old Tyjuan Poindexter. Tyjuan was reportedly shot in the head in South Side Chicago and died at the scene. A 15-year-old boy who was with Tyjuan was shot three times in the lower right leg and foot. He was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital.

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