Murder City: 7 Dead; 33 Wounded

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot

( – Rampant violent crime took a new toll on Chicago over the past weekend as seven more people were shot dead, while 26 others were wounded by gunfire.

On Friday night alone, there were two homicides in Chicago, while 16 others were shot and wounded, Breitbart News reported.

In one homicide case in Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s city, a 17-year-old person was shot in the chest and died while trying to buy shoes “from a social media seller,” Newsmax reported, citing ABC 7 and the Chicago Sun-Times.

The fatal incident occurred on Sunday “in the 11900-block of South State Street.”

In another murder case on Sunday, a little after 7 pm, a 35-year-old man died after getting “shot in the face.” The homicide happened “in the 700-block of South Spaulding Avenue.”

Shortly after that, around 7:20 pm on Sunday, a man of “unknown age” got shot and killed “in the 7600 block of South May Street.”

At roughly the same time, the Chicago Police Department found an 18-year-old with multiple gunshot wounds. The person was pronounced dead after getting taken to a hospital.

According to a database of The Chicago Sun-Times, there were 34 homicides in the Windy City between January 1, 2023, and January 22, 2023.

That translates into roughly 1.54 homicides per day this winter, which historically has a lower number of homicides than the rest of the year.

The renewed outburst of violent crimes in Chicago came after last week, Illinois’s Democrat Governor J.B. Pritzker claimed that the state’s largest city had become safer during the rule of fellow Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

“Crime is coming down gradually in the city and across the state. It’s going to take a little while. These things don’t come down immediately. But it’s getting better,” Pritzker told CNBC in an interview.

The governor insisted that the city was putting “crime prevention dollars” to good use to crack down on violence, while Chicago’s officials were trying to “intervene on the street, literally providing jobs for young people.”

Also, last week, Lightfoot herself claimed that her plan to fight crime was already yielding results.

In 2022, there were 688 registered homicides in Chicago. That is a decrease compared with the 802 murders the city had in 2021 and the 776 recorded in 2020.

However, the 2022 murder number is the fourth-highest year in terms of homicides in the city since 1999.

At the same time, data from the Chicago Police Department showed that 66,855 criminal complaints were filed in the city in 2022. That is an increase of 29% compared to the 47,452 complaints the city saw in 2021.