How has Chicago a war zone?
Chicago Alderman Anthony Napolitano explained.
Fourteen people were shot, three fatally, including a woman sitting in a Lyft in Chicago Friday and early Saturday, according to reports.
Around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, several people came to the woman in the car in the Back of the Yards neighborhood and opened fire, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
The 27-year-old woman was shot in the back and taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Angie Castro told the Chicago Tribune of her boyfriend was driving the Lyft, the woman was shot.
“He was shocked, nervous,” she told the paper.
Police said a 20-year-old man was killed around 8:30 pm, Friday in a drive-by shooting in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the west side, the Sun-Times reported. The bullets were fired from a passing dark-colored car.
Friday, the first murder happened around 12:35 p.m. in the Englewood neighborhood on the south side, the paper reported.
George Jackson, 31, was sitting on a terrace when two male gunmen approached and opened fire, according to the paper.
He was hit in the face, the pelvis and the legs. He died an hour later.
FOUR PEOPLE KILLED, NEARLY 60 SHOT THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO
The Tribune said a 21-year-old man was seriously injured when he was shot in the head when gunfire erupted around 6:50 pm, Friday in the district of Bronzeville. Two 17-year-olds were struck in the ankles.
Witnesses told the newspaper a teenager stood over one of the victims, and pleaded with them to remain aware.
“Please don’t die,” the teenager pleaded.
The shootings come a week after the city’s second bloodiest of the year, with 58 people shot and seven killed.
Of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel is under increasing pressure to take action or to resign if the crime problems on the mountain.
This month, he drew criticism for blaming a lack of “moral structure” in the predominantly black and Latino neighborhoods for the crime spree.
“This might not be politically correct,” he said, “but I know that the power of faith and family can do….Our children need structure…I ask…that we also don’t shy away from a full discussion about the importance of family and faith to help develop and promote character, self-respect, a value system and a moral compass that allows children to know good from evil, and between good and evil.”
On Monday, Chicago’s top cop said that judges need to impose harsher penalties in gun prosecutions.
“These shootings are not random,” Supt. Eddie Johnson said. “They are nourished by a gang conflict. We know who they are.”
He added, “If the people does not give us the information we need, and our judicial partners are not liable, you would stop if that is what you wanted to do? You know, it’s ridiculous.”