Chicago saw another violent weekend in which 33 people were shot, 9 fatally, including a 9-year-old-boy, according to ABC 7 Eyewitness News. The weekend capped off the month of July which experienced a 139% increase in murders in comparison to July of 2019.
The weekend’s first shooting took the life of 9-year-old Janari Ricks, who was playing with friends in a parking lot, not far from his home. The shooter approached Janari and the group of people around him, although police say Janari and his friends were not the intended target, ABC 7 reported.
Janari was struck several times, and was pronounced dead at Lurie Children’s Hospital, despite the efforts of Chicago first responders.
“It's just crazy. My boy, he's gone; that was my inspiration, that was my truth," said Raymond Ricks, Janari’s father.
As of July 26, 212 children have been shot in Chicago this year, according to The Blaze.
July as a whole has seen a 139% increase in murders and a 75% increase in shootings, in comparison to July 19, The Blaze reported.
Other shootings over the weekend included a 17-year-old teenager, and 3 other young males, ages 28-33, ABC 7 reported.
The weekend also follows the shooting and injuring of three Chicago police officers by a suspect who was being taken into custody, on Thursday, July 30, according to the Chicago Tribune.
“I want to strongly emphasize the inherent danger that these and all Chicago police officers experience every day protecting the residents of Chicago,” police Superintendent David Brown said in reaction to the shooting. “When they leave home, they leave their loved ones, and put these stars on and risk everything. They risk everything protecting all of us.”