The 1,000th person shot apparently was a 16-year-old boy wounded in the knee shortly before 4 p.m. near 131st Street and Champlain Avenue in the Altgeld Gardens public housing complex, according to data compiled by the Tribune.
In recent years, Chicago hasn’t reached 1,000 shooting victims until June. Last year, Chicago recorded its 1,000th person shot on June 4, Tribune data show. In 2013, the city hit that mark on June 26, and the year before that, June 9.
This year’s toll is more than 66 percent higher than the same time last year, according to Tribune data…
…Chicago’s homicides this year are up by 64 percent, with 161 reported by the department through Sunday, compared with 98 over the same period last year, official police statistics show. In the early to mid-1990s, homicides peaked at more than 900 a year
And the culprit will be gun, the NRA and every Gun Owner in the Country because that is the easy version to take to the airwaves and print. Of course that the rel culprit is a corrupt city government that is more interested in retaining power than actually getting its hands dirty and fix the problem. And unfortunately it seems that the corruption from City Hall has affected from the Police Department to the local courts and simply nobody is trusted by the public to do their jobs.
It makes me sad for the good people of Chicago, but elections keep having consequences.
Will federal/state intervention be the only way to reduce the violence in Chicago?