Chicago had another run of gun violence this week, with twenty-one people shot in twenty hours starting Tuesday through early Wednesday.
The period was more violent than the entire previous weekend — when one person was killed and 14 wounded — and ranged across the city, from the Northwest Side to downtown to the Far South Side.
2016 is stacking up to much worse than 2015 for Chicago's murder rate.
The number of shootings and homicides in the city is more than double what it was the same time last year as Chicago experiences its most violent start of a year since the late 1990s. More than 500 people have been shot since the first of the year, and more than 100 of them have been killed.
Some of the victims were teenagers. The Chicago Tribune writes, "Two 16-year-old boys were shot about 8:30 p.m. in the Marquette Park neighborhood. Both were shot in the leg in the 3000 block of West 64th Street. One went to Mount Sinai Hospital and the other went to Holy Cross Hospital. Both their conditions were stabilized."
One victim was a 21-year-old-mother who was in town visiting from Michigan.