Chaos In Chicago: 45 People Shot In ‘Chiraq’ Over Easter Weekend, Feds Step In
While kids went egg hunting and families, dressed to the nines, attended Easter service, Chicago saw a blitzkrieg of gun fire over the weekend leaving 45 people shot. The situation deteriorated to the point that the Feds were forced to step in, Time reports.
Nine people were killed. This includes four-year-old Darren Rey, 19-year-old Nicholas Ramirez, and 20-year-old Trevolous Pickett, according to CBS Chicago. At least 36 people in “Chiraq”, Chicago’s new unfortunate nickname, have been injured over the weekend. Among the wounded were an 11-year-old girl.
“[She] had just returned from church and shared Easter dinner with relatives when a car pulled up and opened fire. She was struck by two bullets, one of them puncturing her lung and breaking her collarbone, leaving her in critical condition,” Time writes.
Garry McCarthy, police superintendent of Chicago, suggested that the bloodshed in the Windy City will not cease without stricter gun laws, The Daily Beast reports.
“Until we do something about guns, don’t expect things to change overnight. It’s like running on a hamster wheel. We’re drinking from a fire hose, seizing these guns, and people are back out on the street. They’re not learning that carrying a firearm is going to have a serious impact on their lives,” McCarthy said in a press conference on Monday.
McCarthy said that although 1,500 guns were seized this year so far, criminals caught with weapons are back on the streets, all too soon, causing trouble once again. He used Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old killed by a stray bullet only days after attending Obama’s inauguration, as an example. Her suspected killer, convicted of possessing illegal guns just two months before, is now free.
“If you don’t go to jail for gun possession, you continue to carry guns. You continue to carry guns, and people get shot,” McCarthy argued. He has urged lawmakers to enact a decree to raise the mandatory minimum jail sentence for repeat gun offenders.
The shootings over Easter weekend brought Chicago’s 2014 homicide total to 90 so far.
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