Mass shootings on the Near North Side were part of a growing trend in Chicago


CHICAGO (SCS) — Thursday night’s mass shooting on the Near North Side continues a troubling trend that has been going on for years in Chicago.

CBS 2 investigator Dave Savini digs deeper into the numbers to show you why this year could be even more dangerous.

Two people were killed and seven were injured when a gunman began firing into a crowd around 10:40 p.m. Thursday outside McDonald’s at Chicago Avenue and State Street.

The disturbing reality is that mass shootings like this are skyrocketing in Chicago compared to the rest of the country.

New York has seen three mass shootings so far this year, and Los Angeles has had two, but Chicago — despite having a smaller population than those two cities — has already had 10.

As the summer months approach, gun violence in general in Chicago will only get worse. CBS 2 investigators analyzed data going back three years, and Chicago sees the majority of its shootings between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Overall in the past three years, Chicago has gone from 33 mass shootings in 2019, to 53 in 2020, to 60 in 2021.

According to the stats, Chicago is on course to match or at least surpass last year’s number.

Thursday night’s shooting was Chicago’s worst mass shooting of the year.

As mass shootings become more common, the number of people injured or killed in mass shootings is also skyrocketing. In 2019, 166 people were injured or killed in such shootings in Chicago. In 2020, this number has increased to 261. Last year, this number had increased to 318.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot calls it a gun problem.

“We must do everything we can to stop the flow of guns into the city. This is literally what is killing us; too many illegal guns are now easily accessible to children,” she said.

If something is not done soon to stop this trend, the numbers will only get worse. When the mayor was asked if she thought the National Guard should be called in, she said no.

“I see no reason for that,” Lightfoot said. “The National Guard is not a panacea. The National Guard is a military force. They are trained, not in the civilian use of force, but in the military use of force, and when they see a challenge, their training tells them to lay it down. challenge with deadly force. That’s not what we need right now. We don’t need more shots, and we certainly don’t. need our residents to be subjected to military force on our streets.


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