Just a few days after eight people were shot in a Chicago house, claiming the lives of three women and one man, the Windy City racked up another five dead and 54 injured (the count keeps jumping) over the weekend in shootings that included a crowd yanking a man and a woman out of a car. Video of the incident shows the couple being shot as the gunman runs away. The man died, and the woman is in critical condition.
As of June 14, 1,587 people have been shot in Chicago this year. That is the second-highest total shootings to date over the last decade. Only 2016, with 1,724 shootings, has a higher total to date, according to a Chicago Tribune shooting tracker page. 2021 has already seen a staggering 500 more shootings to date than 2019.
Meanwhile, shooting deaths, as of June 12, were at 294 homicides. Chicago saw 774 murders in 2020, which was up 50% over 2019. 2021 murders across the city are currently outpacing 2020's numbers.
Even with insane shooting and murder statistics smacking Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot right in the face on a weekly basis, she has been busy working to declare racism a public health emergency in her city.
"At almost every single point in our city's history, racism has taken a devastating toll on the health and well-being of our residents of color – especially those who are Black," Lightfoot declared in a statement. "Without formally acknowledging this detrimental impact, we will never be able to move forward as a city and fully provide our communities with the resources they need to live happy and healthy lives."
As you'd expect, Lightfoot didn't have a public social media statement about this weekend's gun violence.
When asked Monday about the shootings, Lightfoot tried to spin the data. Read this carefully.
"June over June," she said.
Uh, you guys can go look at the statistics for yourself. She can start throwing around "June over June" all she wants, but the numbers are right here from her hometown newspaper. Read them with your own eyes.