If you weren’t paying close attention, you wouldn’t have noticed the scant press coverage about the shooting spree in Chicago. “As Chicago weather warms, 84 people shot in nation's third-largest city in week,” read the headline from the local NBC affiliate website. Nine were fatalities.
There were more than 1,400 homicides in Chicago in 2016 and 2017, and though there had been some success in the past several months in lowering those numbers, it turns out much of it may have been due to the weather: Chicago endured one of the coldest Aprils on record. Once the weather broke, so too did a spasm of violence.
Here are just a few of the stories you probably didn’t see:
On May 5, a 12-year-old boy was shot in the stomach in an East Garfield neighborhood, guilty of nothing but being in the wrong place at the wrong time. “Police said it happened after a man pulled out a gun after arguing with a woman and fired into a crowd,” a local TV reporter reported.