Memorial Day Weekend in Obama’s Chicago, 40 People Shot
A string of shootings brought the total number of people shot during the Memorial Day weekend to at least 40, the Chicago Police Department said.
Between Saturday afternoon and early Sunday alone, 12 were shot and killed and 24 others wounded across the Mid-Western City.
A 27-year-old man was shot in the head and pronounced dead on the scene on the South Side of Chicago Saturday afternoon. A gun was recovered on the scene, but it is not clear whether it belonged to the victim or the person who shot him, said a spokeswoman for the Chicago Police Department.
The Memorial marks the start of Summer in Chicago, when the city re-opens its Lake Michigan beaches, resumes regular fireworks displays at Navy Pier, and kicks off various recreational events and sport activities.
But this Memorial Day weekend, which ran from Friday to Tuesday this year, witnesses an increasing violence. Over the holiday weekend last year, 12 people were killed and at least 44 wounded in Chicago.
In anticipation of heighten violence at the Memorial Day weekend, the Chicago Police authorized ahead of the holiday overtime for thousands of officers to work between Friday and Monday.
Thousands of uniformed officers have been out in force, particularly in violence-plagued neighborhoods on the South and West sides, as well as city parks and the lakefront, Chicago Tribune reported.
Chicago, US President Barack Hussein Obama’s “stomping grounds” and America’s 3rd largest city is notorious for its violence occurrence worldwide.
Statistics provided by the Chicago Police Department show that as of Friday morning, homicides in Chicago went up 52% in Y 2016, compared with the same frame in Y 2015, and shootings had increased by 50%. Five months of Y 2016 have witnessed at least 233 people killed in Chicago.
As a result of frequent crime, high taxes, the state budget stalemate, and the unemployment rate, the population in the Chicago Metro area has begun to decline for the 1st time since Y 1990.
Census data show the Chicago area lost an estimated 6,263 residents in Y 2015, the greatest loss of any metropolitan area in the nation. The population in the Chicago area is at 9.5-M at present.
Chicago Metro’s statistical area, defined by the US Census Bureau, includes the City of Chicago and suburbs and extends into Wisconsin and Indiana.
President Obama’s former Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel is the city’s elected Mayor.