43 Shot, 5 Dead In Chicago Memorial Day Weekend With 1,200 Extra Officers Out

Chicago maintained its reputation for becoming a warzone on holidays with 43 shootings over Memorial Day weekend.

Chicago, IL - At least 43 were people were shot and five people were killed over the Memorial Day weekend in Chicago, despite the fact there were severe thunderstorms and more than 1,000 extra officers on the streets.

Newly-elected Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called the urban warzone “just an unacceptable state of affairs” when she met with reporters after a memorial ceremony on Monday, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Chicago has a reputation for rampant shootings during holiday weekends.

In 2018, the Windy City had its best Memorial Day in recent years with only 39 people shot and seven people killed.

Forty-five people were shot and seven people were killed over the same period in 2017, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The record for the most violent three-day Memorial Day weekend in Chicago in this century is attributed to 2016, the year when 71 people were shot, including six fatalities.

The new mayor and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced ahead of the holiday weekend that they would be “flooding the zone” with an additional 1,200 uniformed police officers, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Police also ran a number of drug raids throughout the city in the days leading up to the weekend.

The three-day holiday weekend was seen as an early test for Lightfoot and her new administration.

The Chicago Tribune reported that the Memorial Day weekend has historically been the start of an increase in street violence that continues throughout the summer in the city.

Lightfoot rode with officers who were patrolling the city on Saturday night and responded to a shooting on the South Side.

A former federal prosecutor, the mayor had made the city’s shootings a major part of her election campaign.

“I now get an alert every time there’s a shooting and I look at these things and I just think, ‘Dear God,’” the mayor said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “This isn’t news to me. I know shootings happen. I know they’re happening at a volume that is unacceptable but when you see my inbox, I go away for half an hour and I come back and it’s just flooded with emails. We have to start talking about not accepting this behavior as something that is just business as usual.”

She said the alerts in her mailbox were a reality check to the scope of the problem.

“I certainly knew that before, but to see it graphically depicted is quite shocking and says that we’ve got a long way to go as a city,” Lightfoot said. “This is not a law enforcement-only challenge. It’s a challenge for all of us in city government. It’s a challenge for us in communities to dig down deeper and ask ourselves what we can do to step up to stem the violence.”

The city administration recruited dozens of religious leaders to walk the streets to encourage citizens to participate in more than 100 community events and youth programs taking place during the holiday weekend, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Despite best efforts by city leaders to flood troubled areas of the city with resources, citizens reported hearing gunfire all weekend.

On Sunday, eight people were wounded at two shooting scenes on the same block on the Near West Side just five hours apart, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Police believe the five shootings later in the day were related to three that happened earlier in the day.

“You can’t enjoy yourself outside,” said Linda Kelly, a resident of the Auburn Gresham community. “All the shooting … you can’t even enjoy yourself.”

Kelly’s sons were 16 and 20 years old in 2016 when they were gunned down in her neighborhood less than two months apart, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

I can't imagine the complexion of those involved. You know......you can't fix some people. No matter how may programs are brought forth, activities for kids, lunch's for kids, food shelves, college offered, people just don't care and revert to the old ways. It's good money thrown after bad and it's always someone elses fault for the way they are.......Sick, sad and a waste of time........ The only ones I feel sorry for are their kids who don't have a prayer unless their parents do a better job raising them.

JBo
JBo

heyjackass.com has it at 7 killed & 36 shot. YTD tally is 194 murders and with 903 shot. Great vacation land.

LunaMay
LunaMay

Chigaco will always be Chigaco. Nothing surprising here.

Myopinionmatters2
Myopinionmatters2

Its the niggers that are killing. The drug dealing car jacking home invading niggers.

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Maybe 0bama could move back and make it all better 🤔

BlueKnightVII
BlueKnightVII

So much for having the "stricktest" gun laws in the country. And you NEVER hear a peep from black LIES matter, or protests, or "demands for justice", because the ONLY black lives that DO matter to these racist bastards are THUGS, period!

K-9 319
K-9 319

I've said it before and I'll say it again, can you even imagine how many shootings there would be if Chicago didn't have such strict gun laws.

Suds18
Suds18

Anyone know what the gun laws are in IL? Oh that’s right , see I knew making it illegal to carry a gun would combat gun violence! Genius idea!

rwingjr
rwingjr

It's going to take a massive crackdown and dedicated effort to get the "ILLEGAL" guns away from the gangs. Stop and frisk isn't popular but it worked. You know the areas most of these occur. Whenever you see groups gather, you should be questioning and searching for weapons.

The express
The express

No father Zone. You go right ahead keep voting for Democrats.

LEO0301
LEO0301

They are such peaceful, loving members of society. Any moment we should hear from some group of "activists" claiming that it's not their fault, it is the white man's fault (always) and of course the police are racists (always) flooding the skreets with all those jackbooted thugs in uniform. How dare they try to preserve life!

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

And this is why decent folks of any kind that can afford to move elsewhere have left.

Sad fact but criminals are in control of Chicago.

Blue Ocean1
Blue Ocean1

Let's create some MORE gun laws to make Chi town safer!!!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Check list for a typical Chicago Urban get together tater salad-check fried chicken-check beans -check cole slaw -check beer-check guns- check bullets-check extra large clips-check knives-check poor attitudes-check cannot control emotions-check argue over spilled milk-check drunk and disorderly-check crack-check

gfc1963
gfc1963

Wonder if Black Lives Matter will have a march through the city??

Stanracer
Stanracer

Sounds like the beginnings of a dystopian society in Chicago.

walkintall
walkintall

I am appalled that no one has as yet suggested a bake sale to raise awareness.

walkintall
walkintall

The truth of the matter is this: There's no problem in Chicago (or anywhere else, really) that we can't incarcerate our way out of.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Way to go Chicago! You show New York, LA, Baltimore, DC how a true liberal city gets down.

Dixiedamit2
Dixiedamit2

Send in Jussie Smollett....

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

There ought to be a law about shooting and killing people. Chi town needs a law to have guns registered too. Where is Sharpton, Black Lives Matter, Jesse? Clean up on MLK Drive.

5150
5150

When you have an entire race of people without fathers in the picture, this is the result. The Democrats created this problem and all they will do is make it worse. That along with the genocide of abortion that disproportionally kills black babies (The founder of Planned Paernthood's goal) When will Blacks realize the Democrats helped put them where they are at and are working had to keep them there?

CloserFocus
CloserFocus

This is the continued result of Chicago has been run by the DemonRats for so long. All DemonRat run cities, are high crime, high homelessness, majority living off government handouts & ghetto. This is what they want for the entire country folks! Adding millions more illegals into the mix.
Socialism Commie rule is their goal. Please get a clue. Vote them OUT in 2020! Help save what’s left of America & Freedom for our Citizens!

sanman899
sanman899

Democrats- Americas CANCER.

61mouse
61mouse

Sounds like an improvement ONLY 5 dead

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Can you fathom how many more would be shot/killed without 1200 extra officers on duty. ??? Talk about "trigger happy".

Zeddicus
Zeddicus

This is a clear cut case of politicians thinking they can throw more cops at a situation and consider it to be safer, that's not how policing works it takes using actual policing strategies, policies to go into place to crack down on criminals with firearms to begin with. Chicago especially since it is a metropolitan area w/ a very dense population.

NealZ
NealZ

clearly they need more gun laws, geez

Judgesson
Judgesson

Give them all the ammo they can carry. Then provide refills as needed until they thin out the crowd. Why put LEO lives in the line of fire when it’s Black on Black Gangbangers killing each other. Let their tribal instincts wipe the subspecies to extinction.

💩 on 💩 and let Charmin Toilet paper clean the mess!

Baboozious
Baboozious

The Blacks constantly moan about slavery 200 years ago but 95% of the pimps in this country are BLACK who rape, torture and beat their girls. Are these girls not slaves ?

Kanomica
Kanomica

It has been a de facto monolithic entity of the Democratic Party from the mid 20th century onward.....

Hunterriley
Hunterriley

Ho hum...just your average weekend in Chicago...or shall we call it SMOLLETVILLE...the criminals rule from inside the City government and out...

Baam
Baam

Incredibly sad state our country is in at this time in history. God Bless our LEO for doing what they do.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

and yet some of these same will show up in church on Sunday and think absolutely nothing of the absurdity. Mamas will be sayin " he went to church every Sunday ".......and others will say to themselves "yeah but the problem is what he did Monday through Saturday".

Janken
Janken

AL THESE CITIES ARE RUN BY DEMS

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Hey Boogers... Chicago has the toughest gun control in the nation, works great doesn't it pal?