More than 100 people were shot in Chicago over Father’s Day weekend, resulting in the deaths of at least 13 people.
These deaths include a 3-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl, Fox News reports.
According to the report, the 13-year-old girl was in her home on Saturday evening when a stray bullet struck her next.
CBS Chicago reports: “The 13 homicides from Friday afternoon through Monday morning were the most of any weekend so far this year, as was the total of 103 people shot.”
Of those shot, 12 victims were minors. Five of these underage victims were killed.
Responding to the violence, Chicago Police Supt. David Brown said: “Tears are a natural reaction to these tragic stories of violence. But we need to do more than just cry. Let’s keep violent offenders in jail longer, and let’s revamp the home monitoring system. It’s not working.”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot added: “Our city’s collective heart breaks to hear the unfathomable news of a 3-year-old boy who was shot and killed tonight on Chicago’s West Side. There are simply no words to describe such a heinous, unconscionable act of cowardice to shoot at a toddler.”
Our city's collective heart breaks to hear the unfathomable news of a 3-year-old boy who was shot and killed tonight on Chicago's West Side. There are simply no words to describe such a heinous, unconscionable act of cowardice to shoot at a toddler.
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) June 21, 2020
Fox News reports other cities experienced particularly violent weekends, including Minneapolis where one person was killed and another 11 people were shot and New York City where more than 20 people had been shot.
From the report:
The bloody weekend comes as cities across the country consider the future of policing. The Floyd case and the recent killing of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta has strained the relationship between city leaders and police unions. Protesters say cities are spending too much money on these departments and not enough on inner-city programs. Police unions have said they felt abandoned by politicians and targeted in the press.
The liberal wing of the Democrat Party has called for cities to either dramatically defund or break up police departments outright.
Key Democrats, including presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden, are distancing themselves from the “defund” push.
“I don’t support defunding the police. I support conditioning federal aid to police based on whether or not they meet certain basic standards of decency, honorableness and, in fact, are able to demonstrate they can protect the community, everybody in the community,” Biden told “CBS Evening News.”
There wont be a protest for this.https://t.co/UgZ62LeWvr
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) June 21, 2020
The New York Post reports the city experienced 28 violence incidents affecting 38 people in the week leading up to Father’s Day weekend:
One murder happened Monday at 10 p.m. on Franklin Avenue in The Bronx, where a 34-year-old man was fatally shot in the back and hip; a second shooting victim at that scene was hospitalized.
There was another slaying early Wednesday outside a Brooklyn party, where a well-liked Queens-based DJ, Jomo Glasgow, 35, was fatally shot in the torso in front of a house party on East 49th Street near Snyder Avenue.
The dying victim had managed to drag himself around the block before collapsing, police said. A second victim, a man in his 30s, was shot in the buttocks outside the same party.
Members of the NYPD’s anti-crime unit were reassigned to uniformed patrol duties on Monday — part of what Police Commissioner Dermot Shea called a “seismic” shift affecting some 600 cops.
UPDATE: 63 shot, 9 fatally, so far this weekend in Chicago https://t.co/YPLzgRPTBt
— Sun-Times Breaking (@CSTbreaking) June 21, 2020