(PresidentialWire.com)- Over the weekend, at least 38 people were shot in the city of Chicago, six of whom died.
At least seven of the victims were under the age of eighteen, including one incident in which two boys, 15 and 16, were both shot in the leg while standing on the sidewalk.
Among the dead was a 14-year-old boy shot multiple times as he was walking through the Roseland neighborhood on Sunday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to a recent report in the Chicago Sun-Times, downtown Chicago is facing a staggering rise in violent crime in 2021. Murders, shootings, sexual assault, and car thefts have all risen sharply this year.
According to an analysis of data from downtown police districts, in the first ten months of 2021, more people were shot in downtown Chicago than in any year since 2016. As of October, at least 77 people had been shot, seven of whom died. Another three were murdered by other means.
The first ten months of 2021 already had three times the total number of shooting victims than the entire year of 2019.
In the Central police district, by October shootings were up nearly 220 percent since 2019. In the Near North police district, shootings are up 120 percent.
Sexual assaults are also on the rise with a 35 percent increase in the downtown area. And as with many metropolitan areas throughout the country, car thefts in downtown Chicago increased substantially as well (51 percent).
As of this weekend, citywide Chicago has had at least 725 murders so far this year. In November alone, there have already been 45 people fatally shot.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, 2021 is on track to be the deadliest year for the city since the mid-1990s.
And while the downtown is facing its own spike in violent crime, most of the violence in the city remains in the predominantly minority communities on Chicago’s South and West Sides.