Chicago, IL – Fifty-five people were shot and 11 of them died over Labor Day weekend in Chicago and the city’s top cop bragged on Tuesday morning that at least the body count was lower than last year.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown told reporters at a press conference on Sept. 6 that shootings in the city were down 15 percent from Labor Day weekend in 2021, WMAQ reported.
Superintendent Brown also said the number of shooting victims was down 23 percent from the same holiday weekend last year.
“We continue to see significant declines in gun violence in the city with over 600 fewer victims of gun violence so far this year,” the superintendent said.
He pointed out that homicides were down 15 percent so far this year and shootings were down 19 percent from the same point in 2021, FOX News reported.
A total of 463 people have been murdered in Chicago this year as opposed to 545 homicides at the same time last year.
Last year, Chicago hit a 25-year high for homicides, FOX News reported.
The police superintendent acknowledged the need for more officers on the transit system and announced a plan to deal with a spike in carjackings, WMAQ reported.
“We are struggling obviously with way too many carjackings,” Superintendent Brown said. “We had an arrest of a juvenile offender on September 2 and charged with one count of aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm. We need more consequences for violent offenders regardless of your age.”
Almost 1,000 carjacking suspects have been arrested so far this year in Chicago, FOX News reported.
Chicago police have also taken 8,765 guns off the streets in 2022.
The holiday weekend body count spike wasn’t unique to The Windy City.
Thirty-eight people were shot in Philadelphia over Labor Day weekend and nine of them died, FOX News reported.
“The amount of violent incidents over this holiday weekend is devastating and unacceptable,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney tweeted. “Philadelphians deserve to be safe in their communities. My deepest sympathies go out to all those affected by this senseless violence, especially families that have lost loved ones.”