Chicago police said at least seven people were injured in an early morning shooting at a park on the city’s West Side.
Authorities said a group of people was standing in Douglas Park around 1:20 a.m. Sunday when someone fired shots from a black Camaro.
Seven people were hit.
A 21-year-old man was taken to the hospital in critical condition. A 25-year-old woman was hit in the arm, torso, and leg, and she was taken to Mount Sinai, police told the local station.
Six other people ranging in age from 19 to 25 were hospitalized in stable condition with gunshot wounds.
A tragic 24 hrs for our country. Our thoughts & condolences are with everyone affected by this senseless gun violence. In Chicago, we are investigating 2 multiple victim shootings in the Ogden District & there is no known connection to El Paso or Dayton. pic.twitter.com/zEhX3Swx60
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) August 4, 2019
No one is in custody. Authorities are investigating.
Seven people were wounded in a shooting Sunday as they gathered near a Chicago playground: https://t.co/KLiVNRoZiK
— FOX 32 News (@fox32news) August 4, 2019
So far, in 2019, more than 1,500 people have been shot in the city, which is about 129 fewer than in 2018, according to the Chicago Tribune.
“Shooting victims are most concentrated in the South and West sides. For shooting victims so far in 2019,” the report noted.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on July 19 rejected claims gun control has failed her city and instead blames states without as many gun laws.
In an interview posted by New This News, Lightfoot blamed Chicago’s gun crime on Indiana. She described Indiana’s laws as too lax, and suggested the laws allow criminals to travel out of state, acquire guns, then return and use those guns criminally on the streets of Chicago.
But the city of Chicago banned handgun ownership in 1982, and that ban was in place till 2010. Homicide numbers while the ban was in place were even higher than the homicides numbers Chicago has infamously racked up in recent years.
The fact is criminals did not give up their handguns. Rather, the law-abiding surrendered theirs and were immediately transformed into sitting ducks, according to Breitbart.