Chicago has unfortunately become known for unprecedented violence that seems to peak each year when the weather gets warmer and the 4th of July holiday weekend yet again saw an extraordinarily high number of people injured or dead from gun violence.
Among those who lost their lives as shots rang out across the city 7-year-old Amari Brown, who was fatally struck in the chest while watching the fireworks just before midnight. The boy’s father, who was with him, said he mistook the gun shots for fireworks until his son let him know that he had been shot. Police have yet to make an arrest for the shooting, which also left a 26-year-old woman wounded but in stable condition.
Amari joins 8 other residents who died of gun shot wounds over the weekend, along 46 others who were injured by survived. NBC Chicago offered these details on the holiday weekend gun violence:
-The first homicide of the long holiday weekend happened Thursday evening in the Little Village neighborhood. A 20-year-old man was riding a bicycle in the 2700 block of South Karlov when someone ran up to him and began to shoot him repeatedly in his upper body, police said.
-Another victim of a fatal shooting was a 17-year-old boy who was shot near recently named Hadiya Pendleton Park in the 4300 block of South King. The teen, identified as Vonzell Banks, a junior at Dunbar Vocational High School, was likely not the intended target, police said.
-A 16-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl were shot at about 12:10 a.m. Sunday in the 1400 block of North Hudson in the Old Town neighborhood.
-A man was shot in the arm and chest at about 12:10 a.m. Sunday near the Chicago Blue Line station in West Town.
-A 19-year-old man was shot in the abdomen at about 10:05 p.m. Saturday in the 200 block of East Ohio Street, just a few blocks from Navy Pier, following the Fourth of July fireworks show.
-A 24-year-old man was shot in the foot at about 11:45 a.m. Saturday in the 6600 block of South Bell in the West Englewood neighborhood.
-Two men, ages 23 and 21, were shot at about 6 a.m. Saturday in the 4700 block of West Addison in the Portage Park neighborhood.
-A 41-year-old man was shot in the back and arm while sitting in a car at about 3:20 a.m. Saturday. The incident happened in the 4200 block of West Cermak in the North Lawndale neighborhood.
Needless to say, the atmosphere in Chicago has been a tense one per the usual since the start of the summer, but members of the community are still hopeful that things will begin getting better sooner than later.