32 People Shot In Chicago Over MLK Weekend

Amber Randall | Civil Rights Reporter

Thirty-two people were injured during shootings in Chicago over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend.

Chicago police said eight people died from gunshots and twenty-four people suffered from gun violence, reports ABC 7 Chicago.

The first deadly shooting happened Friday around 4 p.m. A 21-year-old male argued with another person who retaliated by shooting at him. The man received multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to the hospital where doctors later pronounced him dead.

Another incident early Saturday morning left a man dead and a woman injured. Approximately five people entered a house and opened fire on two people inside, according to authorities. Tyrone Blake, the man inside, was said to be dead on the scene at 3:48 a.m.

Chicago saw nine people shot last weekend. The violence in Chicago shows no signs of slowing down. The city opened 2017 with a slew of shootings that left 55 people shot, five of whom died.

“In many instances, the individuals who chose to pull the trigger are repeat gun offenders emboldened by the national climate against law enforcement and willing to test the limits of our criminal justice system,” Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said at the time.

An ex-Chicago police superintendent recently accused Black Lives Matter of contributing to the violence that rages within the city. The group helps create “a state of lawlessness,” ex-police Superintendent Garry McCarthy maintained. (RELATED: Black Lives Matter Led To Rise Of Chicago Murder Rates, Ex-Police Chief Says)

“It’s legitimizing that non-compliance,” he said, adding that the city’s murder rate affects the black community the most.

“So what’s happening, and this is ironic, is that a movement with the goal of saving black lives at this point is getting black lives taken, because 80 percent of our murder victims here in Chicago are male blacks,” McCarthy continued.

McCarthy was fired from his position after it was revealed that the department tried to cover up officers’ actions in connection with the Laquan McDonald shooting in 2015.

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