Between Oct. 9 and Oct. 12, five of the 53 people shot died because of the violent use of firearms, which has not stopped in the city of Chicago, registered Chicago Sun Times.

In fact, 37 people were injured the previous weekend, of whom five also died, increasing firearm violence by 35% in one week, police said.  

So far in October, 125 people have been shot and injured, reaching 21 homicides. This year, 570 people have been shot and died, 2,785 were wounded by gunshot, for a total of 625 homicides. 

In addition, more than 100 ATMs were robbed or damaged during the weekend riots of May 30 to June 2 and Aug. 9 to 11, according to Chicago Police Department figures.

Spike in violence

The biggest spike in violence occurred since the riots began with the death of African American George Floyd on May 29. The number of deaths and injuries increased greatly, necessitating intervention by federal agencies. 

In particular, the U.S. Department of Justice coordinated Operation Legend to counter the high rates of violence, for which the radical leftist Black Lives Matter (BLM) and antifa movements are mainly blamed.  

“The results of these actions speak for themselves: during the first five weeks of Operation Legend in Chicago, killings decreased by 50% from the previous five weeks,” U.S. Attorney General William Barr reported at a press conference in Chicago on Sept. 9.

Operation Legend was established by President Donald Trump in July, shortly after LeGend Taliferro, a 4-year-old African American boy, was killed by a stray bullet in Kansas City, Missouri, while he was sleeping during the riots that occurred in the city, according to Fox News.

According to Chicago Councilman Anthony Napolitano, the main cause of the violence was submission to domestic terrorist groups, he also mentioned 117,000 gang members on the city’s streets. 

“Submission to domestic terrorists hiding under the cloak of social justice and the failure to prosecute criminals has brought us to where we are today,” said Napolitano, reported Fox News.

“We have seen 2,815 people killed and 520 of them murdered in Chicago in just eight months. We now have a bounty on our police officers and yet there is idiotic talk of defunding the police,” Napolitano stated early last week.