The streets of Chicago ran red with blood the weekend of August 24. Nine were dead and 28 wounded after a four-night orgy of gunfire and violence. The mayhem began Thursday, August 23 and ran into Friday, August 24 with 19 people shot. But it continued through Sunday night August 26. The shocking toll for the weekend, including August 23, is 47 wounded.
Last month, The New American reported that the City with the Big Shoulders was set to reach 504 murders, surpassing last year’s total, if the pace of killings continued. It appears as if the city’s more violent residents seem set to push the number even higher.
Three Days of Gunfire
The lead began flying on August 23, the Chicago Tribune reported the next day. “Nineteen people were shot across the South and West sides from Thursday evening through early Friday morning — 13 of them wounded over a 30-minute period, authorities say,” the Tribune reported.
The overnight shootings peaked between 9:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. That’s when eight people, many of them teens, were shot at 79th Street and Essex Avenue about 9:30 p.m.
Those eight unfortunate people were hit with gunfire in a drive-by shooting, the Tribune reported. “The shooting likely stemmed from a conflict between two factions of a gang that uses 75th Street as a dividing line, according to police, who said some of the wounded people were not cooperating,” the newspaper reported.
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