Windy City Mayhem: 61 wounded, 5 dead after weekend of rampant gun violence in Chicago
08/25/2020 // Arsenio Toledo // Views

On Monday, Aug. 24, after a weekend of rampant gun violence in the Democrat-controlled city of Chicago, 66 people were shot, including three teenagers and five other men who died from their injuries.

Of those 66 people who were shot, 24 of them received their gunshot wounds between Friday and Saturday evening. Three of the five deaths that occurred during the weekend were all killed early Saturday morning, in three different shooting incidents.

The surge in gun violence has prompted activists to demand that Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, to declare a state of emergency in the city and have the National Guard deployed in order to supplement the numbers of the Chicago Police Department (CPD).

The latest wave of gun violence has broken this summer's record set by the shootings that occurred last weekend, wherein 64 people were shot, seven fatally, with one 12-year-old boy and six teenagers counted among the injured. (Related: Chicago prepares for new wave of looting and violence following police-involved shooting of a criminal who fired at officers first.)

Five gunshot victims dead in one weekend

The first fatality occurred before midnight on Friday in the Austin neighborhood in Chicago's West Side. A man leaped out of a black SUV-type vehicle and opened fire. Ronald Boyd, 26, received three gunshot wounds, in the neck, chest and leg. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. His companions, a 37-year-old man and a 42-year-old woman, received a gunshot wound each and are expected to recover.


Around two hours later at 2:04 a.m. on Saturday, in the South Chicago neighborhood, a man came out of a vehicle and shot Antione Rose, 33, in the head and abdomen. Rose died on the scene. A companion of his who was standing nearby was hit in the leg and abdomen and taken to a nearby hospital, where he is currently in critical condition.

At around 5 a.m., three hours after the previous shooting, another incident in Austin left Devon Nelson, 31, dead thanks to a gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to a hospital in the neighboring township of Proviso, where the doctors pronounced him dead.

The last attack to occur on Saturday happened at around 7:22 a.m. in the South Lawndale neighborhood in the West Side. Esteban Campos, Jr., 43, was shot several times and pronounced dead upon arriving at a nearby hospital. A companion of his was also shot, once in the arm, but is in good condition.

The last fatal attack occurred at around 6:20 a.m. on Sunday in North Lawndale. Twenty-seven-year-old Martin Coleman received a gunshot wound in the chest and the pelvis. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Along with all of these horrible deaths, 61 other people were injured during the weekend, including three minors – three 17-year-olds.

Listen to this episode of the Health Ranger Report, a podcast by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, and learn about how conservatives and other patriotic Americans need to not just bug out of liberal cities, like Chicago, but also out of Democrat-controlled states, like Illinois. When the United States inevitably descends into a civil war, constitutional rights and liberties will only be upheld in red states.

Chicago's crime problem could be solved by the National Guard – but the mayor doesn't want them in her city

Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot and many of her allies in the Chicago City Council have been stalling efforts led by political rivals to ask Gov. Pritzker to declare a state of emergency and send in the National Guard in order to properly address gun violence in the city.

In an attempt to defend her decision, Lightfoot, a native of Ohio, invoked the 1970 Kent State shootings. “That was a huge moment in my young life,” she said.

While she explained that she understands the concerns of people who want to bring in the National Guard, she is worried about the fact that they have a very different approach to dealing with crime than the CPD.

“I don't want a circumstance where we bring in a tool that isn't the right tool for the moment,” she said.

On Wednesday, August 19, several aldermen invoked a rarely used state law to force the City Council to conduct a special meeting, which they held virtually. The main point on the agenda was the proposal to send the National Guard into Chicago. During this meeting, Lightfoot's allies in the council attempted to push the proposal into committee, which would guarantee its delay.

Chairman of the Public Safety Committee Ald. Chris Taliaferro, who represents Austin, where two of the five deaths occurred, accused Lightfoot's allies in the council of being anti-democratic.

When Taliaferro tried to call for a vote before the proposal could be rushed to committee, Lightfoot tried to cut him off, which caused a commotion as he accused the mayor of trying to stifle debate. One alderman told Lightfoot that she was not a dictator, which made the mayor relent.

While the aldermen did debate the matter, the vote – 30 in favor, 17 against – still sent the proposal into committee, delaying it and possibly killing it. This decision was opposed by many aldermen, including those who are against calling in the National Guard.

“I voted ‘no’ to refer the National Guard resolution to committee because I’m prepared to discuss and vote against this misguided resolution today,” said Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa. “This mayoral administration has consistently used her hand-picked committee chairs to stifle debate and our democratic process.”

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