Road rage murders, out of control gun violence and a hospital refusing patients.  What’s going on??

Two people were shot to death Thursday during an evening rush-hour shooting on the East Freeway, according to Houston police.

According to Houston’s KPRC, the shooting was reported around 6 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-10 near the Normandy Street exit.

Police said that two vehicles were involved in a crash just before the shooting. One vehicle struck the other vehicle, which then spun out in the middle of the freeway.

Police say that both occupants got out of the vehicle that did not spin out and at least one of them started firing shots into the other vehicle. As the vehicle rolled down hill, the shooter continued firing as he walked toward the car.

Both occupants of that vehicle, ages 25 and 33, were struck and killed by gunfire, police said. Their identities have not yet been released.

Police said they believe an AR-15 was used by the gunman.

A motorist, who carries a gun for personal protection, saw what was happening and said that when the gunman turned toward him, he feared for his life and fired several shots at the man. Police said he was not sure if he hit the gunman.

The shooter got back in his vehicle and left the scene.

At least two witnesses to the incident performed CPR until emergency responders arrived. They were unable to save either victim

Police said narcotics were found in the victims’ vehicle.

“Was this a road rage incident and the guys just happen to have narcotics in the car. Was it just an accident that occurred and one driver got mad, because we just don’t know any more,”said Deputy Chief Dobbins.

On Friday, authorities released a rather vague description of the gunman and his vehicle. 

According to police, he is described as a Hispanic man in his 20s believed to be around 5 feet 7 inches tall. He was wearing a red shirt and was driving a newer model, four-door sedan.

Police said they have witnesses and are investigating leads.

Hopefully this did not precipitate a second consecutive weekend of extreme violence in the Houston area. One woman was killed and a man injured by gunfire. Investigators say the man claims his wife pulled a gun on him during an argument Saturday and the gun went off when they struggled over it. Both were struck. The woman did not survive.

A convenience store clerk was shot to deathSunday afternoon. Investigators believe that he was killed as part of a robbery. He died at the scene.  

On Sunday, one woman was shot to death. Shortly afterwards, and another man was shot dead.  

In the early hours of Monday, a man was shot to death outside a club in the 4700 block of Ennis, while another man was shot to death on a front porch of an apartment on Westheimer. 

A 19-year-old pregnant woman was found shot to deathin a northwest Houston motel room early Monday. 

Barely any of this was discussed outside of the greater Houston metropolitan area. Since 2015, Houston is averaging almost two gun-related injuries/deaths per day. Houston is the 4th most populated city in the U.S., just a few hundred thousand behind Chicago.

Let’s take a look at what’s happening over there.

On Sunday, Chicago authorities reported that a total of seventeen people had been victims of shootings in just three separate incidents. 

So far in 2019, more than 1,500 people have been reported shot in the Illinois city.

This weekend’s carnage was so bad that a local hospital near Lawndale was forced to stop admitting patients because they had reportedly been filled to capacity. 

Read that again.

The hospital stopped allowing patients in because they had no means to treat them.

What is going on in this city?

A 5-year-old boy riding in a vehicle also was among the shooting victims this weekend, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Since everyone is calling for strict gun legislation following the vicious public attacks this weekend, let’s take a closer look at a city that has arguably some of the strictest gun laws in the country.

News flash: they’re not doing so hot.

As of July 28, the Chicago Tribune published that 1,517 people had been shot. Add up those recent numbers from the past few days and the numbers continue to climb. 

Back in June, Chicago experienced its bloodiest weekend of the year… so far.

Reports compiled from that weekend show a staggering 50 people shot, with 10 of those shootings becoming fatalities, according to Chicago Police.

The Chicago Tribune published a piece about the spring of violence. That followed Memorial Day Weekend, which boasted another 43 reported shootings. Targeted patrols worked together to try and pull illegal guns off the street. 

“Those efforts resulted in 19 arrests on gun-related charges and 81 illegal weapons seized since Friday evening,” Anthony Guglielmi said back in June. “Several people of interest are also being questioned in relation to some of our incidents and detectives have good video leads in others.”

Strict gun laws are in place. So, shouldn’t we see the trend of criminal violence and shootings go down?

Apparently, it doesn’t work like that. (Someone should tell our elected leaders.)

The age to purchase a firearm is 21. The state requires gun owners to obtain licenses and face background checks as well as imposing waiting periods on firearms purchases. Judges can take guns away from owners who are deemed to be a threat to themselves or others. And recent legislation aims to begin a fingerprinting database of all gun owners in the state.

Yet the city is still a war zone. How could this be?

The problem seems to be (both in Chicago and around the country) that legal gun owners are not the ones causing the issues.

AP News reported that from 2013 to 2016, almost 7,000 illegal guns were recovered each year in Chicago, according to the city’s Gun Trace Report. In 2017, the total was 7,932, according to the Chicago police. As of Dec. 6, the total for 2018 was 8,309, and police say that could surpass 10,000 by year’s end.

What’s in store for the future of these cities? Guess we’ll have to stick around and see.