The weekend of Halloween 2016 became the deadliest in the last three years for Chicago with 18 people killed, including six teenagers, and nearly 60 wounded.
On the day of Halloween, two people were killed and at least 17 wounded across the city. A 24-year-old man was killed in a drive-by shooting Monday evening, and during the day, a 28-year-old man was shot to death inside an apartment. Thirteen of the 17 wounded were shot in less than six hours. The victims were overwhelmingly teenagers suffering gunshot wounds to various parts of the body.
Between Friday and Monday morning was the worst in three years, with 16 dead and 41 wounded. Slain victims include twin 17-year-old brothers killed in a drive-by, two 19-year-olds shot in separate incidents inside parked cars, and a 24-year-old woman who was dropped off at a hospital to die.
NBC 5 time-marked the individual shootings revealing a pattern of gang-related violence and random violence: teenagers shot in cars, walking on sidewalks, and adults lying dead in the streets making for a horrific scene over the Halloween weekend.
Not only is this weekend the deadliest of the year, beating out Father’s Day and Labor Day weekends, but it’s the deadliest weekend in three years.
Chicago has in place some of the strictest gun laws in the country and yet is consistently among the most violent places to be. Lawmakers advocating for more gun-control laws are only hurting law-abiding citizens. As is the case in Chicago and every other city in America, criminals aren’t following the gun laws already in place.