Over 40 people have been shot and eight people killed over a deadly Memorial Day weekend in Chicago.
The city's violence continues to grow despite calls for calm under its new mayor.
— Daily Wire News (@DailyWireNews) May 28, 2023
"The deadly weekend comes as Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson is rolling out a safety program that includes having more police on the ground — which he’s accomplished by canceling days off, an increase in peace safety officers on hand to de-escalate situations, and events and programs for Chicago’s youth," the Daily Wire reported.
“It’s going to take all of us, not just the police, not just city government, to ensure that our communities can live and thrive in peace and safety,” Johnson said earlier this week. “However you decide to spend your holiday weekend in Chicago, your safety is my top priority.”
At least 43 people have been shot, nine fatally, in Chicago shootings so far this Memorial Day weekend, police said. https://t.co/9Xin2G2X75
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) May 29, 2023
At least three of those shot in Chicago over the holiday weekend were teenagers, including a 16-year-old girl struck by a bullet early Saturday.
"A 16-year-old girl was also shot while standing on a sidewalk in East Garfield Park. It happened early Saturday morning around 1:11 a.m. in the 3000 blk. of W. Jackson," Chicago's ABC-7 reported.
"The teen was taken to Mt. Sinai in fair condition with a gunshot wound to her right side. There is no one in custody and Area Four detectives are investigating," it added.
51 shot, 12 fatally in Chicago Memorial Day weekend shootings, 2-year-old girl shot herself after finding gun https://t.co/JEaMY1eiRD
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) May 29, 2023
"Of the wounded in Memorial Day weekend violence was a 2-year-old girl, who purportedly shot herself with a gun she found," the Blaze reported.
"Around 6:15 p.m. on Sunday, a toddler found a gun in the Chicago neighborhood of Rogers Park. The baby accidentally shot herself, according to police," it noted. She is expected to survive.
The violence continues to add to the city's reputation for violent crime that has led to criticisms of Chicago's progressive leaders with a growing exodus of people leaving the city.
The weekend's tragic events show the Windy City has turned to a modern Wild West as many take matters into their own hands through violence.