Gun-free Chicago: 22 shot in 12 hours

Gun-free Chicago: 22 shot in 12 hours

The toll just for Friday afternoon through Saturday morning was impressive in a pretty horrid way.

A 10-year-old girl was shot in the head and critically injured by a stray bullet fired into her home in the Garfield Park neighborhood Friday afternoon, authorities said.

The girl, and another 12-year-old shot in the same neighborhood, are among 22 people shot between about 3:30 p.m. and 3 a.m.

The 10-year-old was shot in the head in the 3900 block of West Gladys Avenue about 9:35 p.m., said Police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer. The girl was taken, initially in critical condition, to Mount Sinai Hospital, according to the Chicago Fire Department, and later was considered in extremely critical condition, according to police. Police said she was brain dead.

If you have the stomach for it, you have to click through to the complete story to get the full sense of just how bad things are. Various victims, singly or in groups of twos and threes, were intentionally attacked or simply caught in the crossfire as collateral damage. The violence ranged from those who died on the spot to “grazing wounds” which required minor treatment. …

According to at least one headline, people may be getting fed up with it.

In a poll commissioned by the Illinois Observer and conducted by Strive Strategies, 40 percent of respondents said they would vote for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle over Emanuel if Preckwinkle opted to run in the 2015 election.

The methodology behind that poll is rather sketchy, so I wouldn’t be betting the farm on it at this point, but it could still wind up being an early indicator.

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