CHICAGO, IL – The city of Chicago has now seen its most violent weekend of the year to date. It was reported that 82 people were shot between May 29th through May 31st, with 19 of those resulting in death.
I am a black man along with many other black families that live in River North. I am NOT RICH. We live here, work here and pay our taxes. We needed resources here. Does my black life and livliehood not matter. All our resources are looted and destroyed. #ChicagoRiots pic.twitter.com/GV6TSSMoe1
— Cortri Trotter (@CortriTrotter) May 31, 2020
This all happened in concurrence with the riots and protests police were having to tend to in the city.
Chicago's Most Violent Weekend of 2020: 82 Shot, 19 Fatally
This was a painful weekend for our country. Prayers.https://t.co/UiRjcnHWIY
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) June 1, 2020
The city of Chicago had recently implemented a curfew in order to be able to regain a degree of control, after incidents of arson, looting, and overall rioting plagued the weekend.
River North is burning right now. Gunshots, spot grenades, firecrackers. Windows being broken everywhere, every shop destroyed. What is looting small businesses and pharmacies going to get you? The message is being lost because of these fools #ChicagoRiots pic.twitter.com/CirvJIAAmd
— Akshay (@Akshay10) May 31, 2020
But while fires burned, and police were occupied, murder was taking place within the city.
On May 31st, police say that an 18-year-old girl was fatally shot in the head at approximately 10:51 p.m. along the 4200 block of West Van Buren Street.
— Maheeeeen (@MaheenA15) June 1, 2020
A few hours prior on the same day, a man was also shot on the West Side in the Austin neighborhood. The 27-year-old male victim was said to have died after sustaining a gunshot wound to the leg.
— Amazed By BTS (@mazedbybts) May 31, 2020
At around 8:00 p.m. on the 31st, a man was shot several times in the head and body while driving within the 900 block of East 93rd Street.
Chicago Dem mayor illustrates “progressive” governance: Want to open your business? I'll send cops to arrest you! Want to riot, burn & loot? I'll tell cops-Hands off, stand aside and let ‘em do it! Gather in church? Not protected by the 1st amend; gather in crowds to riot? OK.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) June 1, 2020
Police pronounced him dead at the scene. Another man was killed while in his vehicle at around 6:43 p.m. in the 4600 block of South Marshfield Avenue.
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) June 1, 2020
An 18-year-old male victim was dropped off outside of Stroger Hospital after reportedly being shot at about 3:20 p.m. on the 31st.
He was pronounced dead when he arrived at the hospital. Just one hour prior, another gunshot wound victim was dropped off outside of a West Side hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
— #RIOTS2020 UPDATES – ʙɪɢ ᴡɪʟʟ🍁😷 (@WillontheRadio) May 31, 2020
Shortly before 2:00 p.m. on the 31st, police were notified about a deceased male found in East Garfield Park. Authorities noted that he suffered several gunshot wounds, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
— G. (@_uzunma) June 1, 2020
Ten minutes before the body was discovered in East Garfield Park, two men were killed in a drive-by on the 1600 block of East 95th Street.
Police also were alerted to a deceased 37-year-old male found shot to death in Marquette Park a few minutes past 10:00 a.m. that morning.
Two other drive-by shooting that took place in on North Mason Avenue and South Laflin Street resulted in two other gunshot wound deaths.
In the Gun Control Paradise/Democrat controlled City of Chicago apparently the criminals did not follow social distancing orders which resulted in 82 shot with 19 murders resulting over Chicago’s most violent weekend of 2020 – really #WalkAwayFromDemocratshttps://t.co/4n1bYBePeZ
— Tony Shaffer (@T_S_P_O_O_K_Y) June 1, 2020
Those 12 fatal shootings were only on Sunday the 31st, whereas the other deaths happened between the 29th and the 30th.
Six individuals were reported as being gunned down on Saturday the 30th.
— Riot Coverage (@RiotCoverage) June 1, 2020
Police have since been able to identify those murdered that day, which were 26-year-old Bernardino Mercado, 34-year-old Fernando De Leon, 26-year-old Noel Dominguez, 39-year-old David L. Green, 21-year-old Gregory A. Lewis, and 30-year-old Danyal P. Jones.
On May 29th, the first recorded murder from the explosively violent weekend was 23-year-old Deonte Fleming. In that case, police say that the victim was shot in both the chest and side from someone inside of a vehicle on the 1200 block of West 70th Street.
Some online have been relaying critical comments of what’s actively playing out in Chicago. One Twitter user wrote:
“82 people shot in Chicago this weekend with 19 deaths. Most of them black men on the south and west side. Fuckin war zone against each other and against the police. This is disgusting.”
82 people shot in Chicago this weekend with 19 deaths. Most of them black men on the south and west side. Fuckin war zone against each other and against the police. This is disgusting.
— Sauce-E (@HighLife89) June 1, 2020
Of all the non-fatal shootings that happened over the weekend in Chicago, at least one has been attributed to the riots that took over the city. On May 29th, a male was shot in the arm while allegedly protecting the Binny’s Beverage Depot from potential rioters and looters.
Considering that this happened to be Chicago’s most violent weekend to date as the riots distracted policing resources, it wouldn’t be crazy to draw a correlation between the two elements.
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