Chicago, Illinois – The famous Chicago cartoon character from numerous PSAs, Scruff McGruff, used to tote the catchphrase of “take a bite out of crime” – and he’s got a lot to chew on lately. On June 22nd, Chicago saw 41 people shot and 6 people killed by gunfire.
One city. One day. Six fatally gunned down. Forty-one people shot.
Forty-one people were shot, six of them fatally, Monday in Chicago.
The gun violence comes at the heels of an especially violent Father’s Day weekend, when 104 people were shot, 14 of them fatally citywide.
— Sam Charles (@samjcharles) June 23, 2020
Of the most recent shootings, three women were shot, two of which were fatally, in what appears to be a domestic dispute on the South Side of Chicago according to officials. That shooting was said to have transpired at approximately 12:45 p.m. on the 22nd.
During that incident, two women died at the scene while the third was transferred to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. Of the victims in that incident, one of the women fatally gunned down was reportedly shot in the head while the other was shot multiple times between the arms, legs, and midsection.
Sources say that another incident within the city resulted in a 24-year-old Ronald Jackson passing away from a gunshot wound at Mt. Sinai Hospital on the city’s West Side. Police say that the victim was simply dropped off at the hospital at around 6:45 a.m. on the 22nd, and whomever dropped him off simply drove off.
Chicago weekends of May 30th 85 people shot 24 dead, June 6th 35 shot 5 dead, June 13th 18 shot 1 dead, Father’s Day weekend 😳114 shot 8 dead, June 22nd 41 people shot 6 dead. Yet still talks of defunding and removing police https://t.co/PmjePkgoIC
— Alderman Napolitano (@aldnapolitano41) June 24, 2020
Elsewhere in the city’s West Side, 41-year-old Ahmad Cathey was found on the street at 4:26 a.m. in the 3800 block of West Harrison Street due to a gunshot wound to the face. Authorities say that he was taken to Stroger Hospital, and died approximately an hour later.
Police are said to have a person of interest in custody with relation to the murder of Cathey, with witnesses alleging the individual as the shooter involved in the case.
Just minutes prior to the discovery of Cathey, 30-year-old Lincoln Scott was gunned down in East Garfield Park at 4:18 a.m., once again in the city’s West Side. The victim was apparently walking down the 100 block of South Washtenaw Avenue when gunfire spawned from an alleyway, taking his life.
Monday's stats are in for Chicago.
41 shot, 6 dead.
Still waiting to hear from BLM on when the protests there will start.
— 🇺🇸⚡️UTChargerTom #3373⚡️🇺🇸 (@UTChargerTom) June 24, 2020
At the onset of the morning, at approximately 12:18 a.m. in West Superior Street, a teenage boy was shot multiple times and later died at the hospital. Authorities say that 15-year-old Michael Hke was shot in the leg, chest and midsection and was later pronounced dead when transferred to Stroger Hospital.
Police say that the young man was fired upon by individuals inside of a grey sedan, who also shot a 16-year-old boy who was with Hke. The other victim was said to have been struck in the ankle and was reported as being in fair condition.
— Bill Schroeder (@Klemshaw69) June 24, 2020
Intermittently, 32 other people were non-fatally shot during the 24-hour period of violence that ravaged Chicago. The 22nd of June’s violence came just after the havoc that plagued Chicago during the Father’s Day weekend – that saw 104 people shot and 14 people fatally gunned down across the city.
As always, gun control working at it’s finest.
Police are still seeking out the suspect(s) involved in a murder within Chicago that would cause any parent to lose sleep merely thinking about it.
A horrific shooting occurred within the Austin area of Chicago during the evening of June 20th, where a 3-year-old toddler was killed after a suspect pulled up to the boy’s stepfather’s SUV and opened fire.
Police say the boy’s 27-year-old stepfather was believed to be the intended target for the shooting that occurred at approximately 6:25 p.m. on June 20th in the 600 block of North Central Avenue.
— T Smith (@Tobit65467987) June 21, 2020
The toddler, Mekhi James, was struck in the back when a blue Honda pulled up to the black SUV that the victims were inside of and unleashed several rounds, according to Chicago Police Chief of Operations Fred Waller.
A statement by Chief Waller requested assistance from the public to help identify a suspect in the case:
“We have the detectives out here canvassing right now, so we’re going to be asking for a lot of help from this community. We’re going to the asking Austin to step up.”
The child’s stepfather, who was said to have been grazed by a bullet on his abdomen, rushed the child over to the West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park. Unfortunately, the young child was pronounced deceased shortly after arriving.
It was reported that the child and his stepfather were on their way home from the barber shop when the shooting happened, according to friends and family members who gathered outside of the hospital on the evening of June 20th.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was said to have urged members of the community to come forward with any information they might have on the suspects, or suspects, involved in this murder:
“To the despicable individuals responsible for this senseless act of violence, you have no place in this city, no home in our communities, no shelter to hide.”
CHILD KILLED: 3-year-old Mekhi James was shot & killed in the 600 block of North Central, Austin neighborhood, West Side on June 20, 2020. The child was traveling in a vehicle with his stepfather. Seen/heard anything tip at https://t.co/opauvHS2ys. Our condolences. pic.twitter.com/RL3rk92QcA
— Pastor Donovan Price (@sltionsnresrces) June 21, 2020
Andrew Holmes, a local community activist, spoke outside of the hospital where young Mekhi was pronounced dead:
“Let’s go to work, let’s find the shooter, let’s get him in tonight.”
Holmes is said to be offering a $2,000 reward for any information that can lead to an arrest and conviction of the shooter involved.
There’s no word on any suspects in the case at this time.
It’s unfathomable to imagine the toll and heartbreak that comes with losing a child at such a young age and in such a violent manner. What’s more difficult to grasp is the pain of losing a child merely one day before we celebrate fatherhood in America.
To the family of young Mekhi, we at Law Enforcement Today will be extending our prayers to you during what has to be one of the most difficult losses one could encounter.
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