Gun control seems not to work when at least 66 people were shot, five fatally, over the July Fourth weekend in Chicago.
The Windy City has some of the strictest laws on the books, yet remains one of the most violent cities around.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that a woman was killed “before dawn” July 4, 2019, on West Wilcox Street. “Another man was killed and three others were wounded in Humboldt Park on the West Side” during an 11:30 a.m. drive-by shooting on July 4.
A 37-year-old man named Oliver Booth was shot and killed around 2:47 a.m. Friday. Minutes later, at roughly 2:55 a.m., 22-year-old Akeelah D. Addison was shot in the head and killed “in the 4200 block of South Wells Street in Fuller Park.”
Forty-year-old Tory Terry was standing on “a sidewalk in the 300 block of North Laramie Avenue” when two males approached an opened fire. He was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital.
ABC 7 reported that three people were shot and wounded in south suburban Dolton at around 8:20 p.m. Saturday.
Three other people were shot and injured in the Bronzeville neighborhood of the South Side around 9:10 p.m. on Saturday. The shooting accompanied an incident in which a 33-year-old man and two females, “age 46 and 30, got into an altercation in South Martin Luther King Drive’s 4600 block with two males.” One of the two males reportedly took a weapon out and opened fire.
Chicago’s police chief said the department increased the number of uniformed officers on the street—targeting areas where police expected gang members to retaliate for previous shootings.
Police urged residents to come forward with any information that would help in the investigations of the shootings.
Chicago police said in the coming weeks more patrol officers would be deployed, including officers on bicycles and on foot, in some of the most popular destinations for tourists and residents in the nation’s third-largest city.
Includes reporting from the Associated Press.