In August, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel placed partial blame on residents in crime-ridden communities for Chicago’s surge in gun violence. In September, Emanuel told reporters “We’re containing it” when asked about the state of the city’s effort to end crime.
Emanuel doesn’t appear to have any proof of control over the city’s gun violence, as nine people were shot in random shootings throughout the city on Sunday. One man took a fatal shot and eight others are currently healing.
One shooting occurred at 8:04am in the West Town neighborhood. According to preliminary reports by Chicago Police, the shooting was a drive-by that killed 34-year-old Leonard Phillips and wounded a 21-year-old man who was sitting in a car with him at the time of the shooting. Another shooting occurred at 10:37 a.m., where a man or boy was shot in the leg at a small food store. At 4:20 am, a 25-year-old man was struck in the leg while driving his car in the Chinatown neighborhood. Around 1:20 am, a 19-year-old man was followed by four assailants who struck him in the back and buttock in a building hallway in the South Chicago neighborhood. At 5:10pm, a man in his 20’s was shot in the head in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. At 6:40 pm, a 35-year-old man was shot in the arm in the Gresham neighborhood. At 10:05 pm, a man was shot in the left calf by accident in the Chatham neighborhood.
This morning at 12:10 a.m., a 25-year-old man was shot in the right thigh during a sidewalk fight.