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 September 25, 2023

Chicago suffers nearly 30 shootings over the weekend

At least 29 shootings took place in Chicago, Illinois, over the weekend, ABC7 reports

According to the outlet, thus far, at least three of the shootings have proven to be fatal.

CBS Chicago, in its own report, details the manner in which many of these shootings were carried out.

The outlet, for example, reports:

At 11:35 p.m. Friday, in the 2600 block of West 51st Street, a man, 35, was standing on the sidewalk when he heard shots and felt pain. The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the left ankle and was taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition.

Among those to have died is an 86-year-old man named Charles Hobson.

Kimberly Hobson-Gary, Hobson's daughter-in-law, told reporters:

Pretty much what we know is that my father-in-law came out of the house to come to his car to get his phone and the next thing we know he called his companion inside the house and said that he had been shot.

This took place just before 10 a.m. on Saturday, in the 8100 block of South Throop Street. Hobson was found in critical condition with a gunshot wound to his thigh. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, but, ultimately, succumbed to his injuries.

Hobson-Gary described her father-in-law as "spunky," as "an awesome man of God," as a retired "entrepreneur," and as a "community man" who "cared for others.

At this time of the writing, it appears that Hobson's death was a senseless act of violence. It does not appear that the perpetrators wanted anything other than to steal Hobson's vehicle, which is what they did.

An investigation into the incident, however, remains ongoing. ABC 7 reports the Hobson's neighbors as saying that the police took "three young people into custody." But, the Chicago Police Department has yet to confirm this - it has yet to provide an update on the situation.

ABC7 also provides the details of the other two fatal shootings. One took place in Auburn Gresham on the South Side. "The 40-year-old was on the street about 12:40 a.m. in the 9000-block of South Emerald Avenue when another person walked up to him and fired shots," the outlet reports.

The other took place in Englewood. Per ABC, "Around 10:35 a.m., the man, 24, was in a parked vehicle in the 5500 block of South Union Avenue when two suspects in a gray vehicle approached and opened fire, striking the man multiple times throughout his body."

The sad fact is that none of this is unusual for Chicago. The city witnesses a large number of shootings just about every weekend.

This is despite the fact that Chicago has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country.

Written By:
Robert Ayers

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