It looks like the streets of U.S. cities are becoming ever more dangerous. Over the weekend, 8 people were killed and 37 others were wounded in Chicago shootings and stabbings.
Most of mass media wrote that despite Barack Obama’s visit to Chicago this weekend, the violence hasn’t stopped. Chicago is not only Obama’s hometown but this weekend it was the setting for Laura Jarrett’s wedding, daughter of Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser with the White House. This weekend, third in a row, the city was the scene of gun violence once again.
CBS Chicago writes that 8 people died and 37 others were wounded this weekend in the city. From Friday to early Monday, Chicago witnessed stabbings and shootings and early Saturday brought on the first death.
The youngest victim of the violence spree was 16-year-old Shakaki Asphy. Police officers say the girl was shot three times in the chest on West 70th Place in Englewood neighborhood. Her friend, Leon Cunningham was wounded. According to the Chicago Sun – Times, a person wearing a gray hoodie opened fire at the teenagers standing on the porch of a home.
Early Sunday another man opened fire on three people, also sitting on a porch, this time in the Hanson Park neighborhood. One of them died on the scene, while the rest were taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Daniel Dilce, 35, was found by police officers answering to a 911 call with multiple shots. Shortly after a woman was shot in the abdomen and shoulder while she was sitting in the front passenger seat of a van. She died before arriving at the hospital.
When Michael Shields, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, was asked where was the police when the killings happened, he answered the Chicago police department was short-staffed. “Chicago police officers can’t be everywhere”, said Shields. “Because they’re racing from one 911 call to the next, and with manpower as it is right now, it’s very difficult to deter crime”.
Some people said the violence spree wouldn’t have left so many wounded and dead if the Chicago police department wouldn’t have paid so much attention to the wedding Obama attended. 100 police officers were assigned for safety purposes at Laura Jarrett’s wedding.
Chicago has become more dangerous than Afghanistan. A report from WBEZ reads that since 2001 “more than 5,000 people have been killed by gun fire in Chicago”, while only 2,000 in Afghanistan.