Shootings Skyrocket In Chicago During Stay-At-Home Order

Tom Gantert

Shootings in Chicago have spiked 64 above 2019 numbers despite stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Chicago, IL – Easter weekend was a bloodbath in Chicago with three people fatally shot and another 19 wounded by gunfire across the city.

Only a few days earlier, 13 people were murdered – 11 by gunfire - and another 25 were shot between 7 p.m. on April 5 and 9:30 p.m. on April 7, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

On April 7 alone, seven people were fatally shot and 12 were wounded in the city's deadliest day of the year thus far.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Acting Police Superintendent Charlie Beck held a press conference on April 8 to address the sharp uptick in crime, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

“This violence has to stop,” Superintendent Beck said. “There are two pandemics that face Chicago — and only one of them is virus-induced.”

As of April 7, there had been 550 shootings in Chicago in 2020, up 64 from the same time last year, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker issued a “stay at home” order on March 20 for the entire state of Illinois.

Pritzker called a halt to all non-essential business and operations and deployed the Illinois National Guard to help set up testing sites and other needed facilities across the state.

Lightfoot expressed outrage that crime rates had continued to climb during the stay-at-home order.

“In the middle of this worldwide pandemic, our precious health resources need to be treating COVID-19 patients and those needing acute care,” the mayor said. “Every day we are measuring our precious health care resources. The number of beds we have in hospitals, ICU capacity. To be blunt, if our ICUs are filled with gunshot victims, our ability to respond to this… crisis will necessarily be compromised.”

She said the violence was “never acceptable. Never, ever. … Shooting into crowds without any regard for the consequences is the most heinous form of cowardice,” the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

“Just this week, we talked about the disproportionate burden that black Chicago is facing with infections and death related to COVID-19,” Lightfoot said. “These same communities continue to be plagued by gun violence. I’m here to say enough, enough, enough.”

The mayor “directed the Police Department to spare no expense or resource to bring the perpetrators to justice,” but said they were hampered in their investigations by the lack of witnesses willing to come forward, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

“This is especially urgent now as our ability to treat all Chicagoans is being stretched to the breaking point,” Lightfoot said. “We cannot allow this to happen. People know who the shooters are. You know who you are. These cowards cannot be given any shelter.”

Superintendent Beck lamented a dire situation that was soon to be inherited by the incoming superintendent, former Dallas Police Chief David Brown, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

“Every one of those ER beds taken up by a gunshot victim could be somebody’s grandmother, somebody with pre-existing conditions, somebody that is in danger of losing their life because of the pandemic,” Beck told reporters. “Every one of those cops — and there are dozens — that are pulled off the street in order to work one of these crimes cannot enforce social distancing, can’t do security at our public safety and our health safety venues. They can’t watch over your home, and they can’t watch over your children.”

There were 22,025 Illinois residents who had tested positive for coronavirus as of April 13, with 794 fatalities, according to Bing’s COVID-19 Tracker.

There are 15,474 cases in Cook County where Chicago is located, and 543 people have died there.

Comments (57)
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JBoH
JBoH

"...address the sharp uptick in crime..."

That's been going up for decades...nothing new here. See this link for Chicago murders:

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

There were 22,025 Illinois residents who had tested positive for coronavirus as of April 13, with 794 fatalities, according to Bing’s COVID-19 Tracker.

There are 15,474 cases in Cook County where Chicago is located, and 543 people have died there.

The map of infections...

Looks exactly like the population map...

That means it has already spread everywhere.

On the positive side, the peak seems to already have been reached, just about everywhere in the US and all over the world...

By state:

US:

flybynight
flybynight

Maybe they would feel better about themselves if allowed to go out for a haircut. You know, kind of spruce up a little.

Just-My-Thoughts.
Just-My-Thoughts.

I found it astounding that many in the black community are blaming the white community for the covid virus spreading to them and them not getting enough care. Wowwie. Perhaps.......maybe, just maybe you should stay at home as requested and keep yourselves healthy. Yet, they find nothing wrong with shooting each other dead every day. Hypocrisy reigns supreme in that community. Everything is white against black and I'm so sick of it. Shoot each other, perhaps you will do yourselves in and we won't hear about it anymore.

Forbidden
Forbidden

just let natural selection take place.

beyondpissedoff
beyondpissedoff

The NAPA's are breaking the "Stay at home" order?? I am shocked!

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

This has been going on far too long and nothing but talk. Democrats destroy everything they touch. Chicago is yours Dems. Good luck and stop whining about the mess you made.

rhj10077
rhj10077

It was because the Mayor went and got her Hair done.

rhj10077
rhj10077

The Mayor had to go get her hair done. That's what did it

DarrellB
DarrellB

PROOF! It's NOT the gun!
PROOF! It's NOT an unfair Justice system.
IT IS failed segments of society!
IT IS politicians and leaders that have FAILED to lead, failed to point out the OBVIOUS!

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

it's almost like the bad guys who shoot each other don't want to follow the rules...... imagine that!

must be the cops fault, when is the mayor going to demand another meeting with the police chief?

Terminaters168
Terminaters168

Who exactly is lightfoot outraged at? The 13 percenters

Trefflek
Trefflek

I wonder how many gun shot deaths are being attributed to corona virus?

Blown away by the stupidity of Lori (haircut) lightfoot, that she thought the law breakers of her city would actually abide by the laws and stay home... Now they are bored criminals just looking for a fight. Corona isn’t the kinky killer in Chicago.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Finally stands out as something they can't ignore. This is your bullshit, Chicago, your mouthpieces need to own it.

Mo_
Mo_

“Just this week, we talked about the disproportionate burden that black Chicago is facing with infections and death related to COVID-19,” Lightfoot said. "

Oh, you have got to be kidding me. So now a virus is racist too? LOL! How RIDICULOUS.

Mo_
Mo_

Also, even in the midst of a pandemic, fools won't stop shooting each other. Whose fault is that?!

LEO0301
LEO0301

Whatever you do, please don't say anything about the usual suspects. Crazy/creepy 704 strictly prohibits the use of that terminology. Thanks for your consideration.👏👏👏

magnumforc
magnumforc
  1. Build a containment around the crime ridden areas. 2. Close all liquor stores. 3. Let the animals shoot as many as they wish until they run out of ammo. 5. Pipe in C&W music and opera for their entertainment. 5. Send in cleaning teams to remove the garbage when it's over.
impeachdeeznuts
impeachdeeznuts

“Just this week, we talked about the disproportionate burden that black Chicago is facing with infections and death related to COVID-19,” Lightfoot said. “These same communities continue to be plagued by gun violence. I’m here to say enough, enough, enough.”

YES the black community is harder hit by covid - that community is more likely to be hypertensive and obese, eat shitty food, drink and smoke too much so guess what? They are naturally going to be more susceptible to disease - DUH.

And YES the black community is "plagued by gun violence" but she says that like it's coming from outside the community. It is clearly NOT! That community preys on itself - so how about this: stop shooting each other, you IDIOTS. Why is it soooo hard to NOT kill each other?? Seriously, someone help me out, I truly do not understand.

But truly, it's not a race thing, it's a culture thing. Cultural norms reflect the values held by the people who make up the community. Those norms and values are reflected in everything from music to food to family structure and social dynamic. It's not hard to see where the problems lie.

So I guess what I would say to this dumb bitch if I had the chance is stop trying to win the Oppression Olympics on behalf of your people. As a leader, encourage folks to take responsibility for the state of their community, hold people accountable for their actions - and clean up the cultural nightmare that keeps fathers out of the home, objectifies and belittles women in music, devalues life of the unborn and encourages children to follow in the footsteps of the men who have failed to thrive in polite society. You say it's "institutional racism" that keeps you down but the ultimate truth that you refuse to recognize is that the institution is YOU.

Your children deserve more than the shit show you're giving them... I wonder what it's going to take for you to see that.

LEO-Retired
LEO-Retired

That fluttering sound you hear? Chicago Dems' chickens coming home to roost. ONE HUNDRED YEARS LATER, they still have the Roaring Twenties, in afterburner, and all they do is to continue to make one ill advised decision after another. When will they learn that spitting, or whatever, into the wind is counter productive? Antisthenes, Greek, 444B.C. - 371 B.C. "And under every rock there lurked a politician" Times haven't changed all that much

Me55
Me55

She should use those national guard units to take care of the gang problem instead of fucking with citizens going for a walk.

Jailkeeper
Jailkeeper

But, but.....I thought with this stay at home order, everyone would be inside? Oh, that's right Mayor, criminals DO NOT follow the law smh

Mbonfan
Mbonfan

Is the camera on....hows my hair?

JohDia01
JohDia01

And this is all due to a mayor that can give 2 shits about the people and are in it for political and monetary gains. She is rotten to the core!

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

This Mayor has blood all over her hands. I guess her order banning gun sales did not work after all. The thugs that are shooting each other are not affected by the ban because they do not buy there guns legally at a gun shop. It should show her and the voters that her decision to ban them is a idiotic decision. I guess she blooming idiot after all!!

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

Can’t fix stupid!!!

You get just what you vote for!!!!

Decades of demo RAT DICTATORSHIP
and nothing has changed!!

Can’t fix stupid!!!

Cops kid
Cops kid

Just an idea on how they can cure the shootings... First pull back, teach these hoodrats how to aim, then give them some frangible ammo.... Two weeks problem solved.

BAH330
BAH330

This is fake news! There’s no way people are shooting each other in Chicago. Guns are illegal.

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

NOW, WE ALL KNOW CRIMINALS OBEY LAWS LIKE STAYING AT HOME. JUST LOOK AT HOW THEY ADHERE TO THE GUN LAWS THESE IDIOTS KEEP INACTING TO PROTECT US FROM CRIMINAL LAW ABIDING CITIZENS WHO OWN GUNS OR DARE TO SPEAK UP AGAINST THE ESTABLISHMENT!

Yahderhey
Yahderhey

that creepy mayor has got some serious man tits


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