Is it time for that national conversation about Obama’s hometown? If this was anywhere other than Chicago there would be calls to send in the National Guard to help quell the violence. Perhaps the only worse places to be these days may be Kabul or Cairo.
One man was killed and six other people wounded in two South Side shootings Sunday, authorities said.
In the latest incident, five people were shot in the 11300 block of South Forest Avenue in Roseland about 8:10 p.m. in what was believed to be a landlord-tenant dispute, officials said.
Sunday’s attacks brought to at least 74 the number of people shot since Wednesday afternoon in Chicago, with 12 of those victims killed.
Seventy-four people shot and what do we get from the media? Hey look, homicides are down!
Despite the number of shootings over the holiday weekend, there have been a fewer number of homicides in Chicago in the first six months of 2013 compared to the same period last year. Overall, there were 500 shootings in 2012.
Well, that’s comforting, huh? But don’t fret, Chicagoans, that great man of peace, Al Sharpton, is coming your way.
The number of homicides typically goes up in the summer and anti-violence advocates pay more attention to it. The Rev. Al Sharpton has said he plans to live in Chicago for a few months to work with neighborhood leaders on the problem.