Weather heats up; so does Chicago violence

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I was reminded of an ugly trend this morning when I looked at the news: as the weather gets warmer in Chicago, the shootings multiply.

It's not as if there's no violence in the winter, but the warm weather that brings people out of their homes seems to also create more opportunities for people to get shot. I've been told that the hottest summer weather makes for the worst violence of all.

So, this weekend, with the warmer-than-average temperatures, we got a preview of what we can expect more this summer. In case you missed it, read on.

Saturday:

A 14-year-old girl was shot in the back on the streets in Austin at 2:50 a.m.

In Washington Park, a Calumet City man, Michael Lee, was shot at 7:30 in the 5500 block of South King Drive.

Lee, 23, of 163 Place, was pronounced
dead at 11:44 p.m. at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital,
according to the medical examiner's office.

In West Englewood, a 40-year-old man was shot by a gunman from an alley and taken to Stroger hospital in critical condition.

An 18-year-old man was shot three times in the back. The shots were fired from
inside a residence in the 6400 block of South Paulina Street.

Sunday:

An 8-year-old and a 13-year-old were shot playing in their yard in Washington Park on Sunday afternoon.

An hour later, a 15 year-old was wounded when a masked gunman opened fire in a drive-by shooting in Roseland.

The boy was leaving a store when a gold-colored car with four masked
gunmen pulled up and fired shots in the 11900 block of South Perry
Avenue, police said.  The boy was wounded in his left leg and taken to
Roseland Community Hospital.

Khristopher Daniels, 22, died after being shot in his car waiting at a traffic light in Greater Grand Crossing.

Preliminary reports said the Daniels was stopped at a traffic signal
behind another vehicle about 6:41 p.m. on the 7400 block of South
Vincennes Avenue. Occupants of the lead vehicle got out and
started firing at Daniels' car, police said. He put his vehicle in
reverse in an attempt to flee but crashed into another car. When the
vehicle came to rest, the gunmen started shooting again, striking
Daniels' several times, police said.

Two people were wounded in a shooting in Bronzeville at 10 p.m. Sunday.

Just 10 minutes later, according to Chicago Tribune, a 20-year-old man
was shot in the same neigborhood.

Preliminary reports said a white vehicle approached and
someone inside fired several shots before fleeing the scene.

About an hour later in the same neighborhood, a 21-year-old man was shot
in his chest in the 400 block of East 46th Street, police said.

At 11:50, 17-year-old was shot in his leg and hand in North Lawndale. Police say the shooting may have been gang related.

In Back of the Yards
Neighborhood, a 27-year-old was shot in the head, according to Chicago Sun Times.

Jesus Arellanos, 20, was pronounced dead after he was shot in the abdomenn on the Southwest Side at 1:45 a.m.

Just before, that In Washington Park, two men were seriously wounded, one shot in the hip and the other in the abdomen.

The victims were seated in the front
seat of a vehicle when a dark-colored minivan passed them in an alley,
according to police News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak. The minivan
stopped and moved in reverse, and the passenger inside it fired multiple
times and wounded the two, Kubiak said.

Monday morning:

A 50-year-old man was found beaten to death in the Little Village neighborhood around 1 a.m. this morning.

Another man was shot in the leg in the Gresham neighborhood at 3:45 a.m.

And that's just the first day of really warm weather. How many other warm nights will claim as many victims, or even more?

Mayor-elect Rahm Emauel, our city is dying, quite literally. You take office at the very beginning of the warm season in Chicago. What are you going to do about it?

Photo credit: PeteSwede


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