CHICAGO — Children in Chicago are being killed at an alarmingly high rate.
The Chicago Sun-times reports, 10 children aged 15 or younger have been shot dead so far this year, up from the three children fatally shot during the same time period last year. Data shows that’s more than the number killed in all of 2019.
Shooting injuries involving children are up more than 20 percent.
An 11-year-old girl was one of more than 50 people shot over the weekend in Chicago — six people were killed. The girl was visiting from out of town, when she was shot in the lower back Sunday night in the West Pullman neighborhood. She has stabilized, but is still in serious condition.
In a press conference Monday, Chicago Supt. David Brown blamed the recent violence on “gang culture.”
“Much of the violence is that we seen over this weekend and throughout this year in driven by a gang culture,” Brown said.
He claimed murders are up five percent over the last year with shootings up 17 percent — lower numbers than usual.
“There’s no celebration here, we’re just trying to cast some context,” Brown said. “From a macro perspective, that’s a downward trend that we obviously want going to keep going downward.”
Mother Patricia Deates is mourning the deadly shooting of her son in McKinley Park just under a month ago. Eric Crawford, 13, was shot while riding his bike. He was transported to the hospital in critical condition and later was pulled off a breathing machine after Crawford never regained brain function.
“Eric was a bright, loving kid,” she said. “He helped everybody, everybody in the neighborhood loved him.”
To donate to Crawford’s GoFundMe, click here.