A 10-year-old boy and girl were among the 14 people shot to death in Chicago in another weekend of gun violence that rocked the city in the past month.
Between Friday and Sunday morning, a total of 52 people were shot in Chicago, according to police department records.
“As a mother, I am tired of funerals. I am tired of burying our children,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted, adding that the city was in the midst of an “epidemic of armed violence.”
The last butcher shop in Windy City comes just a week after more than 100 people were shot, 14 fatally over Father’s Day weekend.
The chain of violent weekends also follows the deadliest day for the Chicago shootings in decades. On May 31, police investigated 18 homicides, the most the city has seen in a single day in 60 years.
On Saturday, a 22-year-old woman was driving with her 20-month-old son in the Englewood neighborhood on the south side of Chicago when, just after 2 p.m., a car pulled up next to them and an occupant opened fire, according to a policeman. incident report. The mother was shot in the head while her son was shot in the chest and later died in a hospital, police said. As of Sunday, no arrests had been made.
The shooting came a week after 3-year-old Mekhi James was shot to death in the Austin neighborhood of East Chicago when someone stopped next to the car his 27-year-old stepfather was driving and opened fire, hitting the boy on the back, police said.
“Wherever you go, there is violence everywhere. You cannot run away from it,” Mekhi’s aunt, Christal Allen, told Chicago ABC’s WLS station.
“We want justice, but it won’t bring him back,” said the boy’s mother, Myesha James.
At about 9:40 p.m. Saturday, a 10-year-old girl was hit in the head by a stray bullet that entered her apartment in the Logan Square neighborhood in northeast Chicago, police said. The girl, whose name was not disclosed by the police, was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. No arrests have been made in the incident.
About two hours later, at 11:18 pm, an 8-year-old girl who was sitting on a sofa inside a residence in Englewood was injured when a stray bullet entered her window and looked at her head, police said. The girl was taken to the Comer Comer Children’s Hospital, where she was in good condition on Sunday, according to police. No arrests have been made in the shooting.
“It is up to all of us to double our public safety efforts with police officers, street extension teams, trauma support workers, community and religious partners,” Lightfoot said in a tweet released Saturday. “We must ask ourselves, ‘What are we doing to make this a season of rewards, not tragedy?'”
The shooting this weekend came immediately after a letter that President Donald Trump sent to Lightfoot and Illinois Governor JB Pritzker on Friday criticizing his leadership on the issue of gun violence in Chicago and offering help.
“While I have been encouraged to see reductions in crime nationwide in recent years, I have been horrified by the continued violence in this great American city,” Trump wrote.
“His lack of leadership on this important issue continues to fail the people he has sworn to protect,” Trump continued. “I am concerned that it is another example of their lack of commitment to vulnerable citizens who are victims of this violence and the lack of respect for men and women in law enforcement.”
Responding in a series of tweets, Lightfoot said, “I don’t need leadership lessons from Donald Trump.” He went on to write that the President “is using victims of armed violence in our city to earn cheap political points, cast racist rhetoric, and ignore the impact of COVID across the country … It is despicable, unpleasant, and very typical.”
Jordan Abudayyeh, Pretzker’s press secretary, added in a tweet that Trump “is a failure that has once again resorted to a press trick in an attempt to distract himself from his long list of failures, especially his response to the deadly coronavirus and the National calls for racial discrimination. Justice. ”
“The people of this state and this nation have unfortunately come to await their insane attempts to politicize the tragedy with their predictable and worn out strategy to distract, distract, distract,” Abudayyeh tweeted. “The governor supports the mayor in his work to bring about meaningful change.”
Meanwhile, loved ones and friends of 20-year-old DePaul University student Gary Tinder, who was shot to death on June 21, gathered Saturday for a vigil and to announce a $ 5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Tinder’s killer. Tinder was killed while walking home from a Starbucks where he worked in uptown Chicago.
“How much they loved him,” said Tinder’s mother, Jane Tinder. “He was wonderful, funny, smart and [had] so much promise It doesn’t make sense. ”