By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) Four people were killed and 43 were wounded in Chicago over the weekend, including an eight-year-old girl who was hurt and a 16-year-old boy who was among those killed.
William Granados was in the front seat of a vehicle about 1:53 a.m. in the 3400 block of West 24th Street when someone opened fire from the sidewalk. He was struck in the head and pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital.
The eight-year-old was taken to Lurie Childrenâ€™s Hospital and was in good condition, theÂ Chicago Sun-Times reported.
According to reports, police don’t have any suspects.
The previous weekend, seven people were killed and 52 others were wounded by gunfire,Â ABC Chicago reported.
Below is the sound that Chicago needs to change its ways on how we handle gun offenders. Audio from the tragic shooting at 18th & Kildare yesterday shows that criminals have no deterrent to carrying illegal guns in our city and this is what residents and police are up against. pic.twitter.com/VwixZwR0Vb
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) August 5, 2019
Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said during a press conference Sunday that while he didn’t want to bring politics into it, something has to be done about the city’s ongoing gun violence. He also noted that the courts and justice system are too lenient.
“You have to stop and ask yourself: What more will it take before we get a handle on what’s going on, not just in Chicago but across the country?” he said,Â UPI noted.
“From police departments to the court systems to prosecutors to legislators, we have to come together and figure out more common-sense solutions to these problems because, clearly, too many of our citizens are being shot and killed.
“We really have the power to do something about it, I just don’t know if we have the will to do it,” he said.
“As a city, we have to stand up and do a hell of a lot more than we’ve done in a very long time,” added Mayor Lori Lightfoot. “We’ve spent over the years probably hundreds of millions of dollars policing on the West Side, CPD, federal and state law enforcement and we have barely moved the needle.”
Residents agree. “It’s got to stop,” said Keith Flowers, the father of victim Demetrius Flowers, 33, who was killed last weekend. “This senseless killing has got to stop. These kids are dying in the streets and now my son has become one of the statistics.”
Ongoing gun murders in Chicago and other large U.S. cities have been ignored in the face of single mass shootings, many of which have been politicized. In recent weeks they include shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio.
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